Welcome to the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs

Bookmarks for Prevention

AOD Resources

  • Web of Addictions
    Information on alcohol and other drugs, includes fact sheets, special topics, links to information about conferences, and links to other online resources.
  • Project Cork Institute
    "The Cork bibliographic database contains references (with abstracts) to over 13,000 journal articles, books, book-chapters, etc. on the subject of alcoholism and substance abuse. The file is updated quarterly. It is available for searching, at no charge, by making a connection to the Dartmouth College Library Online System."

Best Practices

  • Blueprints for Violence Prevention
    "In 1996, the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV), with funding from the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice and the Centers for Disease Control (and later from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency), initiated a project to identify ten violence prevention programs that met a very high scientific standard of program effectiveness. Blueprints were designed to be very practical descriptions of effective programs which would allow states, communities, and individual agencies to: (1) determine the appropriateness of this intervention for their state or community; (2) provide a realistic cost estimate for this intervention; (3) provide an assessment of the organizational capacity needed to ensure its successful start-up and operation over time; and (4) give some indication of the potential barriers and obstacles that might be encountered when attempting to implement this type of intervention."

    Search for proven and effective programs by age, outcomes, domain, intervention, and source. The Center for Mental Health Service's website lists evidence-based, exemplary, model, or promising programs; the criteria by which they were rated, originator of rating, and contact information.

  • Health Services/Technology Assessment Text
    Links to Prevention Enhancement Protocols which includes the criteria for assigning levels of evidence. The first three categories apply to varying degrees of confirmation of positive effect. The fourth category applies to evidence that a prevention approach is ineffective.
  • Prevention and Early Intervention: Best Practices
    This website contains links to programs that have been identified by groups of experts as "best practices." The National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention have all developed lists which are represented here."


  • Centers for the Application of Prevention Technologies
    "website includes a selection of useful information about the CAPT program including upcoming events, an online calendar, news, links to regional CAPT websites, contact information, publications and other prevention resources, and an online virtual conference center."
  • Central CAPT
    A science-based prevention link that has information on background, effective new programs, strategies and principles, evaluation, tools and other resources. Includes presentation and training materials on social marketing, science-based prevention, strategic planning, prevention strategies, and using the internet for planning.

Data and Statistics

Regional Planning Agencies

ABAG is the regional planning agency for the greater Bay Area working to help solve problems in areas such as land use, housing, environmental quality, and economic development. In ABAG's region, there are 100 cities and the nine counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. ABAG sponsors workshops and conferences where local officials, business and industry leaders, special interest groups, and private citizens can discuss programs, regulations, and legislation affecting their communities. Online data includes demographic and economic projections, jobs, output and trade, real estate and housing, retail sales and cost of living, and land use and maps.
  • AMBAG: Association of Montery Bay Area Governments
    AMBAG was organized for the permanent establishment of a forum for planning, discussion, and study of regional problems of mutual interest and concern to the counties and cities in Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties; and for the development of studies, plans, policy, and action recommendations.
  • SACOG: Sacramento Area Council of Governments
    SACOG is an association of 23 city and county governments and provides a forum for the study and resolution of regional issues. The following jurisdictions are member governments: El Dorado County, Placer County, Sacramento County, Sutter County, Yolo County, Yuba County, Auburn, Citrus Heights, Davis, Folsom, Galt, Isleton, Lincoln, Live Oak, Marysville, Rocklin, Roseville, Sacramento, West Sacramento, Wheatland, Winters, Woodland, and Yuba City.
  • SANDAG: San Diego Association of Governments
    SANDAG consists of 18 cities and county governments serving as the forum for regional decision making. "The Association builds consensus, plans strategically, obtains and allocates resources, and provides information on a broad range of topics pertinent to the region's quality of life. SANDAG members include all of the incorporated cities in the region -Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Coronado, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, Oceanside, Poway, San Diego, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach, and Vista, and the County of San Diego. Supplementing the voting members are advisory representatives from the U.S. Department of Defense, Caltrans, the San Diego Unified Port District, the San Diego County Water Authority, the Metropolitan and North San Diego County Transit Development Boards, and Tijuana/Baja California/Mexico. SANDAG maintains extensive databases of facts and figures from a historical perspective, current information, and forecasted information. The information encompasses population growth, housing, employment, and income as well as data on crime and the local economy."
  • SCAG: Southern California Assocation of Governments
    SCAG functions as the Metropolitan Planning Organization for six counties: Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, and Imperial. This website includes links to the following city home pages: Agoura Hills, Anaheim, Arcadia, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Banning, Beaumont, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Beverly Hills, Big Bear Lake, Blythe, Brawley, Brea, Buena Park, Burbank, Calabasas, Calimesa, Calipatria, Camarillo, Canyon Lake, Carson, Cerritos, Chino Hills, Colton, Commerce, Compton, Corona, Costa Mesa, Culver City, Dana Point, Desert Hot Springs, Diamond Bar, Downey, Duarte, El Centro, El Monte, El Segundo, Fillmore, Fontana, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Gardena, Glendale, Glendora, Grand Terrace, Hawthorne, Hemet, Hermosa Beach, Hesperia, Huntington Beach, Imperial, Indian Wells, Indio, Industry, Inglewood, Irvine, La Mirada, La Quinta, La Verne, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Elsinore, Lake Forest, Lakewood, Lancaster, Lomita, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Los Angeles, Lynwood, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Maywood, Mission Viejo, Monrovia, Montclair, Monterey Park, Moorpark, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Newport Beach, Norco, Norwalk, Ojai, Ontario, Orange, Oxnard, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Palmdale, Palos Verdes Estates, Pasadena, Pico Rivera, Placentia, Pomona, Port Hueneme, Rancho Cucamonga, Rancho Mirage, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redlands, Redondo Beach, Rialto, Riverside, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, San Buenaventura,, San Clemente, San Dimas, San Jacinto, San Juan Capistrano, San Marino, Santa Ana, Santa Clarita, Santa Monica, Seal Beach, Signal Hill, Simi Valley, South El Monte, South Pasadena, Stanton, Temecula, Temple City, Thousand Oaks, Torrance, Twentynine Palms, Upland, Vernon, Victorville, Villa Park, Walnut, West Covina, West Hollywood, Westlake Village, Westminster, Whittier, and Yucaipa.
  • ADP Profile of AOD Risk and Need Indicators
    PDF file available for every county in California. Indicators included from community domain, family domain, school domain, and individual domain.
  • Criminal Justice Statistics Center (CJSC)
    This website has over 3,400 statistical tables, reports, and publications on arrests, probation, DUI, domestic violence, and other crimes. For some categories, this is broken down by age, sex, county, cities over 100,000, and other variables. Links to federal, state, and local statistics.
  • DOF Demographic Research Unit
    "The Demographic Research Unit of the California Department of Finance is designated as the single official source of demographic data for State planning and budgeting." Data files contain county population projections by race/ethnicity with age and sex detail from 1970-2040. Reports and research papers contain city/county population estimates from 1970-1999. Summary of findings from the 1998 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse including trends in initiation of drug use, perceived risk of harm, and use of any illicit drug (marijuana, hashish, cocaine) other illicit drugs (alcohol, tobacco). Reports in the Analytic Series address special topics relating to alcohol, drug abuse, and mental health. The Analytic Series generally provides data from outcome, other special studies, and secondary analysis of multiple data sources. This includes worker drug use and workplace policies and programs; results from the 1994 and 1997 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse; substance use and mental health characteristics by employment status; the relationship between mental health and substance abuse among adolescents; driving after drug or alcohol use; findings from the 1996 NHSDA, Analyses of Substance Abuse and Treatment Issues; and prevalence of substance abuse among racial, and ethnic subgroups in the United States.


  • Directory of Drug Abuse and Alcoholism Treatment and Prevention Programs "This database provides the 1997 listing of Federal, State, local, and private providers of alcoholism and drug abuse treatment and prevention services."
  • Do It Now Foundation/Home
    "Do It Now Foundation's mission is simple: to create and disseminate accurate, creative, and realistic information on drugs, alcohol, sexuality, and other behavioral health topics. We particularly address those individuals and groups--especially disaffected and high-risk youth--often ignored or underserved by mainstream prevention programs and campaigns. Publications contains electronic and text-only editions of all our current publications. Archives contains pamphlets, booklets, posters, video and audio tapes, games, monographs, and other materials on drugs and drinking, and other topics ranging from sexuality and STD's to growing older gracefully."
  • ETOH
    "The most comprehensive online bibliographic database containing over 100,000 records on alcohol abuse and alcoholism. ETOH is updated monthly and contains research findings from the late 1960s to the present, as well as historical research literature."
  • NLM's Databases & Electronic Information Sources
    Includes links to Grateful Med and MEDLINEplus, and LOCATORplus to search the holdings of the National Library of Medicine. Search PREVLINE or the contents of the 25 most authoritative websites in relation to substance abuse prevention and treatment. Information on illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco are provided in these websites.
  • PREVLINE Databases
    Search databases dealing with drugs, alcohol, drug abuse, prevention, treatment, education, and resources.
  • Quick Facts
    "Tables presenting data on alcohol topics including: amounts and patterns of alcohol consumption; alcohol dependence or abuse; consequences of alcohol consumption; and other alcohol-related topics. Authoritative statistical information on alcohol-related topics is entered into Quick Facts on a regular basis. Annual updates include United States trends on per capita alcohol consumption, alcohol-related hospital discharges, liver cirrhosis mortality, and alcohol-related fatal traffic crashes."
  • Higher Education Center
    The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention includes "hot links", PowerPoint presentations and other useful information. "The U.S. Department of Education established the Center to provide nationwide support for campus alcohol and other drug prevention efforts. The Center is working with colleges, universities, and proprietary school throughout the country to develop strategies for changing campus culture, to foster environments that promote healthy lifestyles, and to prevent illegal alcohol and other drug use among students. The Higher Education Center provides technical assistance, develops publications, and conducts training workshops. You can find out more by contacting the Higher Education Center directly."

Evaluation Guides

  • Bureau of Justice Assistance evaluation website
    The Bureau of Justice Assistance evaluation website offers an "Electronic Road Map", links to evaluation resources, and a glossary of evaluation terms.
  • A Guide To Developing and Using Performance Measures
    This paper is part of a series of papers published by The Finance Project on the subject of results accountability. A strategy map for results-based budgeting addresses what a results-based budgeting system might look like and how to begin to put it in place. This paper addresses the challenge, embedded in the first, of how to hold programs accountable for the best possible performance, while ensuring that their performance is aligned with, and supports, overall efforts to improve results—in other words, how to create performance accountability within a results framework.
  • NSF Mixed-Method Evaluations
    The user-friendly Handbook for Mixed Method Evaluations contains excellent descriptions of qualitative methods and their use, information on designing and implementing mixed-method evaluations, and analyzing qualitative data. While geared to those applying for NSF Education and Human Resources grants, it offers step-by-step help for the novice evaluator which should be helpful to prevention programs.
  • Overview of Program Evaluation
    This website (operated by the Management Assistance Project for Non-profits) has information on basic ingredients, types of evaluation, method overview, analyzing and interpreting information, and avoiding pitfalls. This site has a link to the "Community-Based Project Evaluation Guide Instructions" which includes worksheets for each step of evaluation.
  • United Way Outcome Measurement Resource Network
    This website contains links to a wealth of resources dealing with measuring outcomes.

Other Evaluation Resources

  • American Evaluation Association
    This website has links to documents dealing with guiding principles and standards of evaluation, and lists and links of interest to evaluators.
  • CYFERNet Evaluation Resources
    This website has a variety of useful documents on various aspects of evaluation. Of particular interest is "Adapting Evaluation Measures for Hard to Reach Audiences", which give advice on working with children and LEP participants.
  • Prevention Primer: Evaluation
    The evaluation chapter of the "Prevention Primer" from Prevline has a simple guide to basic, low-cost self-evaluation.
  • NIDA Monograph: Meta-Analysis of Drug Abuse Prevention Programs
    This website has links to several articles on meta analysis of drug prevention studies.
  • Online Evaluation Resource Library
    Operated by the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) of the National Science Foundation (NSF), this website provides evaluation plans, instruments, reports, a glossary, and FAQs.


  • The Foundation Center Online - Online Library
    A source for answers to questions about foundations and non-profit resources, instructions on the funding research process, and help with effective utilization of publications and services. orientation to grantseeking, guide to funding research, proposal writing course, online bookshelf, foundation finder, prospect worksheet, common grant application forms.
  • Higher Education Center: Grants
    The Department of Education's list of current and upcoming grant competitions. This website offers suggestions for those programs looking for funding and links to several major funders.
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    This website has information on calls for proposals, guidelines for grantwriting, FAQs, details and outcomes of grant projects, and other useful information.

National Organizations

  • CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    The CDC homepage offers links to a wide range of information. Health information has an index of dozens of topics. Users can find full text articles from the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. This website includes a link to the Center for Health Statistics, the Federal Government's principal vital and health statistics agency. CDC Wonder allows the user to analyze CDC data on mortality, AIDS, cancer, diabetes, and more. "The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention leads the Federal efforts to prevent alcohol and other drug abuse among the Nation's citizens." This website contains information on programs, grants, statistics.
  • Center On Addiction and Substance Abuse
    "A unique think/action tank that engages all disciplines to study every form of substance abuse as it affects our society. CASA is organized around four divisions: Medical Research, Policy Research and Analysis, Program Demonstration and Communications. " Includes "Parents Guide to Raising Drug-Free Kids."
  • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America: Building Drug-Free Communities
    Includes links to an "Advocacy Tutorial", news alerts, "Prevention Yellow Pages".
  • Gateway to Federal Health Sites
    Links a variety of useful information. For this site the user can connect to the Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of the Surgeon General, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, and the Office of Public Health and Science.
  • MADD Online
    Mothers Against Drunk Driving site includes victims assistance, statistics, guides for youth and parents, programs for youth, and MADD public policy efforts.
  • NCJRS Justice Information Center
    A service of the Nation Criminal Justice Reference Service has information on juvenile justice, research and evaluation, drugs and crime, and criminal justice statistics.
  • NIAAA National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Site includes information on research programs, publications, press releases, FAQ's, conferences and events, and data sources.
  • NIDA National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Includes slide teaching packets for teachers and other professionals; INFOFAX factsheets on specific drugs, treatment and prevention, and survey data are available in Spanish and English.
  • NIH National Institutes of Health
    Gateway to the sites operated by NIH with information on funding opportunities, scientific resources (including special interest groups), and diseases under investigation by NIH.
  • NOFAS National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
    National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome website includes statistics, strategies for working with FAS children, and information on professional curricula and other resources.
  • ONDCP Office of National Drug Control Policy
    This site includes press releases, presentations, a drug use survey, facts and figures.
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website includes links to grants; statistics; professional, program, and budget information; substance abuse and mental health information.
  • Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program
    Information on grants, model programs, research, and links to related resources.

Other Technical Assistance

  • EMT
    EMT (Evaluation, Management, Training) provides technical assistance for the evaluation, management and training needs of public and non-profit organizations. "The AOD Prevention Extension workshop series provides topic-specific trainings in key locations throughout the state."

Research-based Prevention

  • Governor's Prevention Initiative for Youth - Science-based Prevention
    This site contains a variety of papers on science-based prevention.
  • NIDA Prevention Brochure
    "This guide is designed to provide important research-based concepts and information to further efforts to develop and carry out effective drug abuse prevention programs." "This information is intended to help the prevention practitioner understand science-based prevention and how it helps make local prevention more effective." This guide is designed to provide important research-based concepts and information to further efforts to develop and carry out effective drug abuse prevention programs. The question-and-answer format was the result of a collaboration involving NIDA staff, drug abuse prevention leaders, and NIDA-supported prevention scientists. Specific questions were solicited from State and local drug abuse prevention practitioners and key leaders in national prevention organizations. The answers were developed in consultation with prevention scientists. This question-and-answer guide presents an overview of the research on the origins and pathways of drug abuse, the basic principles derived from effective drug abuse prevention research, and the application of research results to the prevention of drug use among young people.