NASMHPD Prevention Center's webinar on The PROSPER Model as an Example of a Successful Framework for Promoting Sustainable, Multi-System Prevention Efforts

PROSPER stands for PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience. PROSPER isn’t a program, rather it is a scientifically-proven delivery system that facilitates sustained, quality delivery of evidence-based programs that reduce risky youth behaviors, enhance positive youth development and strengthen families.  This delivery system links university-based prevention researchers with two established program delivery systems within a state—the Cooperative Extension System at the Land Grant University and the public school system. The public school system offers collaborators who support evidence-based programs and access to youth in the community. Extension offers knowledge of the community and experience in disseminating educational programs. In this way, the delivery system entails a partnership-based approach to evidence-based programming, called the PROSPER Partnership model.

This webinar provides an overview of the PROSPER Delivery System and illustrates how it addresses common challenges in community-based prevention. The speakers begin with a summary description of PROSPER, its rationale, and research findings that demonstrate its long-term effectiveness. The presentation then highlights five key challenges in community-based implementation, explaining how PROSPER addresses each one. Finally, the webinar summarizes lessons learned in confronting additional challenges at state and national levels, as part of efforts to scale up PROSPER.


  • Richard Spoth, Ph.D., Partnership in Prevention Science Institute
  • Jane Todey, M.S.E.ED.sp., Partnership in Prevention Science Institute

Date of webinar: September 5, 2013

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For questions or additional information about the webinar, please contact Pat Shea, Deputy Director, Office of Technical Assistance, NASMHPD.