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PROSPER in Iowa

There are many prevention programs that aim to reduce youth problem behaviors, enhance parenting, and strengthen families. Prevention scientists are discovering that results often fall far short of expectations. For some programs, itís because they were not tested. For others, itís ineffective implementation. For still others, itís the lack of continued financial and community support for long-term sustainability, even when the program is producing positive results.

The PROSPER (PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience) Delivery System has been designed to address these common issues by supporting the sustained, quality delivery of scientifically-proven programs for middle-school youth and their families.

The Extension System at Iowa State University (ISU) is at the core of the PROSPER Partnership in Iowa. County Extension representatives serve as the leaders of PROSPER Community Teams, and State Extension Specialists serve as the technical assistance providers that link Community Teams with Extension Administrators and ISU scientists. These scientists, housed at ISUís Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute, provide the Extension system with expertise related to sustaining the high quality delivery of evidence-based prevention programs and evaluating their effectiveness. Additionally, the PROSPER Partnership includes local school districts, which play a key role by providing a Co-leader for the Community Team and assisting with recruitment and implementing an in-school evidence-based prevention program.

Each of these partners plays an invaluable role, and with the unique three-tiered structure of the Model, the PROSPER Partnership ensures that programs are offered with high quality year after year, benefitting youth, families, schools, and communities across Iowa.

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