Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice
Our team is committed to improving behavioral health outcomes through evidence-based practice. We have a strong record of successfully translating research into policy recommendations, practitioner guides, toolkits, and broadly accessible resources for diverse audiences in the prevention community.
Balancing Guidance and Responsiveness in Services
In every project, we are mindful of striking the right balance between promoting widely effective prevention practices and adapting them to a client’s unique needs. We have extensive experience in providing consultation, training, and evaluation services that are both client-specific and universally sound. This experience includes a strong background in cultural and linguistic competence, including LGBTQ, tribal, veteran, transition-age foster youth, and underserved racial and ethnic populations.
Advancing Sustainable Change
In order to effect real change in mental health and substance abuse outcomes, commonsense solutions just aren’t enough—research-supported innovations are needed. But lasting change can be difficult to achieve with one-time interventions. CARS training and technical assistance (TTA) is designed to produce sustained improvements through skill development, knowledge reinforcement, continued support, and responsive evaluation.
Fostering Information Sharing
Information sharing is how individuals become collaborators, how separate entities form mutually beneficial networks, and how effective practices spread to the places that need them most. We create multiple opportunities for information sharing: dialogues at our training events, discussion groups at conferences, webinars, designated networking events, topic-specific conference calls, listservs, social media, and more.
Stimulating Participatory Learning
With an evidence-based perspective, useful and appropriately delivered services, continuous support of positive change, and systems for information sharing, CARS facilitates the growth of dynamic and ongoing learning communities. These communities are energized as participants develop insider knowledge about effective policies, programs, and practices specific to their own intended outcomes and circumstances. Critical inquiry, honest debate, hands-on activities, and reflection on lessons learned are hallmarks of these learning communities.