Coordination and Project Management

Trimbos Institute leads this WP. The objective is to ensure that the overall coordination of the project is carried out in its most effective and efficient way; ensuring that participating members are equipped with all the necessary information and tools to complete their tasks.

The Coordinator team will support the WP leaders in the implementation of all WPs stepping in to ensure the work plan is adhered to. The Coordinator will organize regular conference calls with WP leaders, and – if necessary – partners involved in each WP. Progress reporting by each WP leader will be made at Project Team meetings. WP Teams consist of the WP Leader and other staff participating in that specific WP. WP Leaders will be responsible for day-to-day management of their respective WPs.

Communication and Dissemination

IREFREA leads this WP. The objective of this WP is to establish and maintain the mechanisms for effective dissemination and exploitation of results to maintain ongoing interest, during project development, and maximize exploitation opportunities throughout and beyond its development.

During the first year, the message will be focus on the project itself and what can be expected from it, and the main communication method will be this project website.

In the second year, communication of first results and preliminary findings will be the core. The main communication method will be the website, e-newsletters and presentations in conferences, such as the Club Health conference. During the last year, key message will be place on how to conduct a STAD-like intervention for reducing alcohol availability in your community. The developed intervention manual, a factsheet summarizing main results, the website, e-newsletters and the symposium on binge drinking will be the main communication methods.

After project conclusion, efforts will be made to keep the website and the manual available. In addition, partners’ existing networks will help to maintain interest in the intervention manual through conferences, meetings, and email signatures.

Process Evaluation of the Project

UTRIP leads this WP. The objectives of this WP are to develop and instrument for gathering all relevant data to conduct a process evaluation and to evaluate to which extend the objectives of the different WPs have been achieved.

Since an important part of this project is the evaluation of the development and implementation process of several STAD interventions, a large part of the output evaluation is already carried out by WP 6 (research). However, the internal process evaluation of the project is not part of this research and should therefore be carried out separately.

Therefore, this WP will be focusing on the delivery of project deliverables and the facilitative and impeding factors in this process. All partners will provide information for the internal process evaluation and all partners will contribute to the final evaluation report, which is the output of this WP.

Intervention Design and Development

STAD – Karolinska Institute leads this WP. The objective is to develop a pilot plan containing the description of the activities to be conducted during the intervention in each piloting site, describing who should be conducting them and stating when they should take place; as well as to develop all necessary materials for the intervention.

Theoretical intervention models based on the STAD-method will be described for different settings including: regular nightlife, festivals and events, home drinking, and drinking in public spaces such as streets and parks. These models will be developed so that they can be applied in different countries.

The leader of WP4 will facilitate the development process in each piloting site, offering individual advice on each specific implementation. In addition, will be in charge of assessing all interventions to ensure quality and evidence-based compliance.

Problem analysis and needs assessment will be conducted in each pilot region to establish intervention targets and goals to be reached. Interventions will be designed according to this assessment and a pilot plan developed. An intensive development meeting and a workshop will be conducted at the start of the development phase to discussed needs assessment and goals as well as design of the specific interventions to be carried out in each site.

Pilot Implementation

Trimbos Institute leads this WP. The objective is to ensure a successful implementation according to the specific pilot plans for each country.

This WP will ensure that all partners carry out a successful implementation of the intervention in each country’s piloting region. Even though the intervention will ultimately be implemented by the local communities, all partners –as country coordinators—play a crucial role both in setting it up for initiation as well as continuously supervising and managing the intervention.

To facilitate these tasks, in each piloting site a coordinator will be designated to ensure compliance with the intervention. Pilot locations will be identified and selected and a written agreement signed by each partner with their pilot region administration to establish responsibilities and the activities to be executed by each party. Country coordinators will be responsible for ensuring that the intervention is carried out as planned and closely monitor the overall process.

Research

The Public Health Institute at LJMU leads this WP. The objective is to gather knowledge on the best way to develop and implement similar interventions across EU Member State countries.

This WP will be responsible for the research to be conducted during the developmental and pilot implementation phases. The research will entail both a process and outcome evaluation addressing questions such as:

  • What facilitating and impending factors can be identified in the developmental phase?
  • What facilitating and impending factors can be identified in the pilot phase?
  • Under what circumstances best results can be expected?

The research undertaken will facilitate to appraise usability and feasibility of the intervention, reaching of the objectives according to the intervention model and pilot plan, changes in knowledge and attitude in the crucial target groups and reductions on alcohol availability.

Development of the Intervention Manual

Trimbos Institute leads this WP. The objective is to develop and implementation manual for reducing alcohol availability in the various settings where the pilot implementation will take place.

All the information gathered along project development will be analysed and be the foundation of the intervention manual, final and main project deliverable.

The manual will consist of two sections:

  1. A representation and explanation of the intervention models for the four settings (nightlife, festivals, home and streets/parks drinking)
  2. Practical guidelines with tips and tricks on how to develop and implement a similar intervention in any other country

The manual will include practical frameworks for presentations on the approach that could be used in the community and ready-to-use communication materials. Due to the differences in contextual factors between countries in –for instance– Northern, Southern, or Eastern regions of Europe, this guide will include region specific tips for implementation in different settings according to the information gained during the development and implementation of the pilot model in seven EU member states. The model should allow for a seamless match in a local community.

The manual will be made available, both in printed and digital version, in four languages (English, Spanish, German and French) to ensure broad dissemination and facilitate adoption among EU Member State countries.