Data, Research, and Policy

Whether you want to explore local data, learn about best policy practices, or dig into the research that supports the field of youth substance use prevention, SPIFFY is actively adding to our Data, Research, and Policy pages to ensure the most current resources are at your disposal. Explore our Data, Research, and Policy pages to start digging into our resources.


Data, Research, and Policy

There must be sound evidence to back up the efficacy of those decisions in order to make informed decisions about what programs to implement, what projects to support, and what strategies to actualize. Many previous campaigns to prevent youth from using substances have been ineffective due to inadequate research behind those strategies. The “Just Say No” media campaign is a prime example of a popular, but ineffective prevention campaign. In addition to being based off of reliable statistics and hard data, substance-use prevention strategies need to be holistic, culturally sensitive, humanizing, and trauma-informed.


On this page, you will find SPIFFY’s strategic planning assessment report and local, state, and national data resources.


On this page, you will find a list of research studies related to risk and protective factors, different substances, mental health, and the role of schools in prevention.


On this page, you will find a range of resources such as models, guides and best policy practices for both schools and municipalities.

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