Heavily informed by the five guiding principles described in the previous article, the IPM is implemented using 10 core steps. Although there can be some variation in how individual communities implement each step, completing each step is essential to engaging community efforts to prevent substance use among young people. Steps 1 to 3 focus on building and maintaining community capacity for model implementation. Sometimes communities may already have parts of the demonstrated capacity to address the primary prevention of substance use, while other may not. Steps 4 to 9 focus on implementing a process designed to focus community attention and to maximize community engagement in creating a social environment in which young people become progressively less likely to engage in substance use. Finally, Step 10 focuses on the iterative, repetitive, and long-term nature of the IPM and describes a predictable arc of implementation-related opportunities and challenges.
Local Coalition Identification, Development, and Capacity Building.
Local Funding Identification, Development, and Capacity Building.
Pre–Data Collection Planning and Community Engagement.
Data Collection and Processing, Including Data-Driven Diagnostics.
Enhancing Community Participation and Engagement.
Dissemination of Findings.
Community Goal-Setting and Other Organized Responses to the Findings.
Policy and Practice Alignment.
Child and Adolescent Immersion in Primary Prevention Environments, Activities, and Messages.
Repeat Steps 1 to 9 Annually.