Like the First Edition, this book serves as a guide to the science and art of community health promotion. The last decade of research and development has considerably advanced the science of achieving and maintaining health. In this new edition, international contributors share their experiences and expertise about diverse health promotion and point out areas needing adjustment in community implementation, both on an international and domestic level.
Chapter 7: Durability of Community Intervention Programs: Definitions, Empirical Studies, and Strategic Planning
Grant-funded community research projects are primarily interested in answering one question: Does the intervention have an effect? The efficacy or effectiveness of an intervention may, however, lead to related questions: Will the effect last? Will long-term behavior change be seen? Will the intervention program endure? The last question is very important, as funding agencies increasingly view their resources as “seed money” to support intervention while a community builds an infrastructure to continue such activities after the external funding ends (Altman, 1995; ASSIST Working Group on Durability, 1996; COMMIT Research Group, 1991; Tarlov et al., 1987). Similarly, there is a belief that communities that have ...