Annual Survey of Coalitions Fact Sheet

Every year hundreds of coalitions participate in CADCA’s Annual Survey of Coalitions. Coalition leaders share a wide range of information on work happening in their communities, which allows us to get a better understanding of where they need additional help and develop appropriate resources.

The Annual Survey Fact Sheet has become one such resource for coalitions since its first launch in 2015. It was designed to highlight key processes and activities that lead to positive community-level changes. In 2018, we focus on CADCA’s Seven Strategies for Community Change.

We know that a community-wide approach to preventing substance misuse works. CADCA’s Seven Strategies framework is complementary and comprehensive — the strategies reinforce each other and reach the community as a whole. This approach is much more likely to produce positive outcomes than any one strategy or program.  In this Fact Sheet you will find a description of each strategy, accompanied by examples implemented by coalitions last year.


CADCA’s Annual Survey of Coalitions is one of the most direct and effective ways through which we learn about substance misuse problems within communities and coalitions’ efforts to address them. Coalitions participating in the Annual Survey help inform CADCA’s training and coalition development needs, CADCA’s advocacy, and evaluation and research efforts.


The mission of CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally.  This is accomplished by providing technical assistance and training, public policy advocacy, media strategies and marketing programs, training and special events.