European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS)

Self-Assessment & Reflection Toolkit


With financial support from the Drug Prevention and Information Programme of the European Union

A Toolkit for professionals who want to review and improve quality in prevention

  • Are you a practitioner or front-line worker delivering drug prevention with target populations?
  • Are you a programme developer wanting to develop a new drug prevention intervention?
  • Are you a service manager having to review drug prevention activities within your service?
  • Are you an evaluator wanting to assess the formal quality of a prevention program?
  • Are you a professional interested in developing or assessing a prevention or health promotion activity?
  • Are you a regional coordinator wanting to develop a local prevention action plan on the basis of quality criteria?
  • Do you want to improve the quality of your prevention work based upon the European standards for quality in drug prevention?
  • Do you want to assess your progress in achieving quality in your prevention related work?
If you answered "yes" to any of the questions above please continue reading or

Achieve "high quality" in your day-to-day prevention work

If you are one of the wide range of people working within the drug prevention community, this toolkit can be of value to you. It will be of particular interest if you are a professional involved in planning or implementing a drug prevention activity, programme or other prevention-related initiative.

The toolkit offers a response to key questions:

  • What is quality in drug prevention?
  • What are quality standards in drug prevention?
  • How could I benefit from using quality assessment tools to review my work?
  • How can I better understand and support the quality of what is being undertaken in our drug prevention work?

Few people would argue with the view that prevention is better (and cheaper) than cure. However, a lot of what is done in the name of drug prevention is not based on what "works" or on what constitutes "quality".

"Quality" is a key issue that has to be addressed if positive outcomes are to be achieved. Identifying and encouraging quality in prevention work has been the focus of the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS) Project.

If you are interested in using practical tools, based on the EDPQS, that could motivate and help you to achieve "high quality" in your day-to-day prevention work, your working group setting or within your organisation, this toolkit can offer significant help and support to you.

  • You can find out more about How to use this toolkit
  • To start your self-assessment & reflection Login/Register using our online application, all you have to do is choose a username and password. That will allow you to save, download and revisit your results as well as to track your progress in achieving quality over time.
  • No personal details will be collected and only you will have access to your data (unless you want to share it with us).
  • Please note that this online tool still in beta phase, please contact us if you encounter any errors/problems.