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A performance measurement framework for drug and alcohol task forces.


Trutz Haase, Jonathan Pratschke

Subject Keywords: Alcohol consumption, Drugs
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland

This study is about the development of a Performance Measurement Framework for the Drug and Alcohol Task Forces (DATF). The latter are community-based structures which bring together Government Departments, State Agencies and the Community and Voluntary sectors to provide a collective response to problem substance use. The overall objective is to tackle the harm caused to individuals, families and communities by problem substance use by tackling supply, carrying out preventive interventions, offering treatment and rehabilitation and by implementing an advanced research agenda.

The Department of Health is working on a new National Drugs Strategy which will cover the period from 2017 to 2024. The aim of this report is to develop an outline Performance Measurement Framework for DATFs to feed into and support their work and to gain a better understanding of how they contribute to positive change at local/regional level. The objective is to put the Performance Measurement Framework in place before the new National Drugs Strategy commences.

The development of a Performance Measurement Framework for DATFs follows the review undertaken by the Department of Health in 2021 and adopts a similar logic to the Healthy Ireland strategy. Rather than looking at interventions in terms of inputs and outputs, the overriding concern is with the net effect of public policies at the population level. This is the only way of conceptualising effectiveness in an evidence-based and sustainable manner.





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Suggested citation:

Trutz Haase, Jonathan Pratschke. (2017) A performance measurement framework for drug and alcohol task forces. [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 19th November 2019].


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