Research into Action Gets a Makeover

CADCA has announced the redesign of Research into Action. The redesign highlights new content featuring researcher and coalition leader insights. The new layout features an easier to read, more compact layout, brighter colors that match the redesign of CADCA’s website, new graphics to better highlight information, easier to read fonts and photographs of contributors.

Research into Action is a free publication, which highlights research findings that impact the effectiveness of coalitions. Research into Action is published six times a year by CADCA’s National Coalition Institute. Each issue synthesizes research findings from prominent peer-reviewed journals relevant to the substance abuse prevention field. The research is then translated into practical action steps for community coalitions to increase their effectiveness.

The latest issue focuses on how coalitions perceive and manage conflict and the implications for sustaining community collaboration. The research is based on an article titled, “The Role of Conflict Identification and Management in Sustaining Community Collaboration: Report on a Four-Year Exploratory Study” by Dr. Andrea Blanch, which appeared in the 2015 issue of “Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research.”

One of the key findings of the study is that, coalitions that view conflict as a normal, necessary, and even creative aspect of the collaboration process are more likely to sustain their stakeholder partnerships beyond funding than coalitions that view conflict as destructive or something to avoid.

Coalitions need to stay current on emerging drug trends affecting the substance abuse prevention field. Keep yourself and your coalition up-to-date on new and relevant research findings that you can apply to your coalition work.

Special thanks to researcher, Dr. Andrea Blanch, Senior Consultant, National Center on Trauma-Informed Care; and coalition leader, Danelle Campbell, Butte Youth Now, Chico, Calif. for their contributions and insights.

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One of the key findings of the study is that coalitions that view conflict as a normal, necessary, and even creative aspect of the collaboration process are more likely to sustain their stakeholder partnerships beyond funding than coalitions that view conflict as destructive or something to avoid. Dr. John L. Harrison, Sr., DM, SPHR, Special Assistant to the Chairman and CEO, CADCA, will be delivering two full-day classes entitled “Accentuate the Positive: Conflict Management for Coalition Leaders” at  CADCA’s upcoming Mid-Year Training Institute in Indianapolis. Read more about the course description and specific criteria for attendance.