Management and Coordination

The objective of this WP is to ensure that the overall coordination of the action is carried out in an effective and efficient way; the main task is to provide participating teams with all necessary information and tools to fulfil their tasks. Ghent University leads this work-package.

The coordinator team will support all WP leaders and the whole partnership in the implementation of the action while adhering to the work plan.  The coordinator team will organize regular video calls and meetings to support project partners and supervise the development of the work plan. In addition, the coordinator team will organise the meetings with the International Advisory Board, which will advise on project progress and intermediate results and act as external evaluators of project outcomes.

Assessment of QS implementation in the EU – Needs and challenges

An inventory of the current application of QS across Europe will be performed, while checking the implementation of the Minimum Quality Standards adopted by the EU Council (2015). The Laboratory for Prevention Research – PrevLab (University of Zagreb, Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences) and the Department of Special Needs Education (Addiction & Recovery research cluster) (Ghent University) will lead this work-package.

A country-by-country overview of QS implementation will be undertaken to identify barriers, needs and challenges regarding implementation in each country. This assessment will contribute to an overview of QS implementation level, correspondence with the MQS, core challenges identified for adoption and implementation and linked assets. In addition, good practices on QS implementation will be collected, based on the suggestions made by country representatives.

Case studies of good practice examples of QS implementation

A case study methodology will be developed to identify ‘good or promising practice’ examples and a selection will be made based on this methodology. The Department of Addictology (Charles University, 1st Faculty of Medicine) will lead this work-package.

The case study methodology will be applied to selected good practice examples. Case study reports will be prepared including information on key aspects such as contextual factors, background for QS implementation, main features of the implementation, implementation experiences and current state. A meeting with all identified ‘QS champions’ will be organized to draft implementation strategies and recommendations for QS implementation.

From good practice to a proof-tested implementation toolkit

The objective of this WP is to promote the transferability of the lessons learned from the assessment of QS implementation (WP2) and the case studies examples (WP3) to produce an implementation toolkit that will enhance the application of QS in drug demand reduction. Correlation – European Harm Reduction Network (C-EHRN) will lead to this work package.

The implementation toolkit, as a main outcome of this action, will address practical challenges of QS implementation. A Delphi study on core implementation recommendations will be undertaken and results will be described in the implementation toolkit. The field-tested implementation guidelines and active promotion of the toolkit will contribute to further implementation of QS in drug demand reduction across Europe.

Dissemination of project findings and deliverables

The objective of this WP is to establish mechanisms for effective dissemination and exploitation of project findings and results to maintain ongoing interest in the action and maximize exposure opportunities and adoption of the outcomes throughout the project development and beyond. IREFREA leads this work-package.

Communication with various stakeholders will be conducted via the project website, regular e-newsletters, dissemination of key activities through video-conferencing and webinars and the organization of a final conference. In addition, a video-tutorial will be prepared to facilitate dissemination and adoption of the toolkit.