Community prevention plan quality assessment tool

Published On: 25 December 20231.8 min read318 words

About the Tool


The prevention plan assessment form was developed to provide a framework for assessing the quality of local-level prevention plans. Experts can use the form to assess and provide recommendations for improving local communities’ prevention action plans. The communities could also use the form when developing their plans, guiding which aspects should be considered.


The assessment criteria are divided into four broad domains, each including several indicators that can be rated on a scale from 0 to 2, with a higher score indicating better quality. Additional comments can also be left in the form. Questions in the form were based on the EDPQS Toolkit 2: Quality Assessment Checklist and The Community Tool Box by the Center for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas. Questions were condensed and adapted to address the prevention plan rather than individual prevention activities. The Tool was then tested and modified.

Categories and Indicators included in the Tool

Goals and Indicators
  • Descriptions of goals
  • Descriptions of activities
  • Outcome indicators
  • Process indicators
Evidence- and data-based approach
  • Internal consistency
  • Needs assessment
  • Evidence of effectiveness
  • Appropriateness for the target group
  • Ethics of prevention activity selection
Practical Considerations
  • Funding
  • Human resources
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Timeline
  • Ethics of implementation and assessment
Wider Context of the Prevention Plan
  • Links with the wider prevention agenda
  • Stakeholder involvement
  • Communication and advocacy

Interactive Tool

An interactive online version of the assessment tool, along with instructions for use, can be accessed here.

Using the Tool (Example)

1. Select the appropriate response for each indicator.

2. Leave comments to explain the selection

3. Average score for each category is calculated automatically

Integration with EDPQS

The assessment form is also linked with the EDPQS cycle, allowing evaluators to gain a broader idea of the community’s progress across various prevention planning steps. In the interactive assessment tool, the EDPQS progress form fills in automatically based on information entered into the main assessment form.