Effective Prevention Programmes in Europe – How to Improve Their Widespread Use?

5 Dec 2017

Xchange prevention registry

Young people are faced with a number of challenges. Accordingly, behavioural problems in youth and adolescence are a major concern in many European member states. Prevention interventions to reduce substance misuse, delinquency, violence and mental health problems have been implemented at different levels in the European Union. However, little is known about the effectiveness of these interventions, which could result in a dissemination of potentially ineffective or harmful interventions.

There are initiatives under way in several member states to establish “registries”, “clearinghouses” or databases of promising or proven effective prevention programmes, which are supported by robust evaluation results on their effectiveness. But such “evidence-based” programmes may not be available in other member states, or may not be recognized at the national level.
Recent EU Council Conclusions are requiring that “… those implementing prevention interventions have access to and rely on available evidence-based programmes and/or quality criteria available at local, national and international levels” (Council Conclusion September 2015).
The existence of several national databases offers substantial synergetic benefits on the European level. For instance, the exchange of experiences on a national level can be used to optimise programmes and processes. But on the EU level a central approval process for available evidence-based programmes is still lacking. As an important cornerstone of such a process we have rated prevention programmes available in Europe against rigorous evaluation standards in an EU-funded project1, coordinated by the Crime Prevention Council of Lower Saxony, in order to identify the interventions with the best potential for being effective in Europe.

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) has taken up this initiative. In October 2017 EMCDDA has launched the Xchange (“evidence Xchange”) registry, based on the aforementioned project’s results, for providing prevention professionals and decision makers with choices of safe and recommendable prevention programmes ready for implementation.

The original database will be enhanced with up-to-date information on the implementation barriers encountered by the implementers and on the strategies they adopted to overcome them. This is a key factor in the promotion and dissemination of evidence-based interventions and this knowledge will increase the relevance of these programmes for policy and practice.


06:00 p.m.     Welcome by
                     Michael Freericks
                     Representation of Lower Saxony to the European Union

                    Opening remarks by
                    Jenny Jacobson
                    Ministry of Interior, Estonia, Presidency of the European Council

                    Erich Marks
                    Crime Prevention Council of Lower Saxony / Ministry of Justice of Lower Saxony

                    Presentation of the Xchange registry and included interventions by
                    Gregor Burkhart
                    European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)

                    Panel discussion with
                    Jenny Jacobson
                    Ministry of Interior, Estonia, Presidency of the European Council

                    Gregor Burkhart
                    European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)

                    Nick Axford
                    University of Plymouth

                    Frederick Groeger-Roth
                    Crime Prevention Council of Lower Saxony

08:30 p.m.     Reception
* The event will take place in English.

Please register by 28th November, using the following email address: veranstaltungen@lv.niedersachsen.eu

More information:

Crime Prevention Council of Lower Saxony

Communities That Care EU

Xchange prevention registry


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