National DFC Research Team visits WC (virtually)

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) selected School Sector Engagement as a priority focus area this year.  Site visits were planned to allow researchers to provide detailed examples to ONDCP regarding the type of work that some DFC coalitions are doing and offer the chance to learn from the people who are doing coalition work—about how coalitions operate, their challenges and successes, the strategies used to accomplish missions, and lessons that can be shared with other DFC-funded coalitions.

In late July, Webster County KY-ASAP True Blue DFC was contacted by the National DFC Research Team announcing the coalition’s selection as a virtual site visit location. The Research team selected True Blue based on information submitted in recent Progress Reports. The virtual site visit occurred during September with five focus groups of youth TB Crew members, parents, community stakeholders, coalition members, and school administrators; and extensive interviews with DFC staff and coalition leaders. Over the next few months, the Research team will complete data analysis and written dissertation to share with coalitions across the United States.

A few memories of the focus groups:

Webster County Youth Executive True Blue Crew
Tyler Kuykendall presenting to the DFC National Research Team
KY-ASAP Coalition Member Cameron Edwards joining the focus group
Raygan Ranes presenting to the Research Team
Seth Ranes and True Blue Crew member Gabriel Gonzalez
Katelyn Hensley and True Blue Crew members
KY-ASAP Coalition Members and Stakeholders
Ryan Warford explaining the Kentucky Incentives for Prevention (KIP) Survery