The purpose of this study is to replicate a longitudinal evaluation of Project ALERT, a
substance abuse prevention program that targets middle school students.
Project ALERT is a substance abuse prevention program that targets middle school students.
The purposes of this evaluation are to test its immediate and one-year effectiveness in a
randomized experimental design that will span a total of 2.5 years for each of two cohorts.
The cohorts are spaced one year apart to reduce our implementation and data collection
burdens at any one time. The design for the two cohorts is identical. In schools randomly
assigned to the treatment group, instructors receive Project ALERT training and materials
prior to beginning the program and have access to technical assistance on request. In
schools randomly assigned to the control group, teachers implement whatever substance abuse
prevention curricula they normally would (if any).
- schools with 6th-8th grades housed together on a common campus
- schools with 6th grade student population of at least 100 students
- schools with no current 6th, 7th, or 8th grade implementation of any drug prevention
curriculum recognized as a model program by a federally-sponsored registry
- all regular education students in the targeted grade must participate
- students in self-contained classrooms (i.e., special education classes)