There are a large number of lessons that you can learn in trying to look ahead and down the road in creating various Drug Treatment plans. Data and polices, programs and evaluation are all issues that you will examine as you create your own City profile and report. Your community City profile is a tool, it will help you shape your eventual work in your local community in creating effective Drug Treatment and drug rehabilitation programs.
Review Of your Research- This is an important step that you will have to use if you want to use your data on a repeated basis. This is simply the process of reexamining your data, to make sure that it was reliable, available, done with a solid foundation and method, and could that data still be easily accessed?
Using the review process can also yield additional insights. After you have completed your city profile report and the dust from its publication has settled down, it can often be helpful to sit down with different people that participated in the original report.
Measuring Effectiveness and Impact- This is another step in the process, it is basically looking at your city profile, how it has resulted in recommendations that are leading to effective Drug Treatment programs, and how new plans, new strategies and new initiatives are progressing.
Creation of different types of Drug Treatment programs is a challenge, and its not something to be undertaken lightly. Many times effective evaluation is nearly impossible in the short term, because it takes time for things to change, for different things to begin to have an effect.
It can be productive however, to monitor different things such as funding trends, how other communities are dealing with different Drug Treatment efforts, even what your local and national legislative members are doing on the issue. These are all important steps that you can take in dealing with evaluation of your city profile and its ultimate effects.
You can often use a common sense type of approach in how you decide to provide monitoring of your city profile report. Remember to look at the broad goals defined in your report.
For example, if your report says that effective Drug Treatment will start by creating a HIV and AIDS Shelter and methadone clinic in a particular zone, and this has been implemented by your local city council, and the numbers of heroin addicts has decreased then you can use common sense and say that in that manner your report has been a contributing success.
Each of the different City Profiles created by cities across America are only a small portion, a slice or snapshot of conditions and they are effective only in how they are applied, received and examined.
Many communities seek effective Drug Treatment programs, but do not know where to start. As they learn and can implement their own City profile report, they can begin to start to make a difference in the particular Drug Treatment programs in their own region, community and state.