We can’t expect different results if we continue relying on the same strategies.
The knowledge, resources, research, and tools exist to more effectively address alcohol misuse and crime at a systemic level. NPAMC will work to identify and promote the best practices and most promising solutions by providing an open forum for government, nonprofit, and for-profit entities to share their visions, ideas, and solutions.
On a strategic level, NPAMC employs a “Seven-Step Process” that is designed to overcome barriers to change that currently inhibit policy change and program implementation. The steps are:
Step One: Take ownership of the problem
As an inclusive partnership, NPAMC encourages participants to work together and take ownership of the issues.
Step Two: Make people care
While the issues of drunk driving, domestic violence, and underage drinking are societal issues that garner a certain level of awareness, the scope of the alcohol and crime epidemic is largely misunderstood. NPAMC works with participating groups and businesses to educate the public on the nature and extent of the issues.
Step Three: Take advantage of existing efforts and knowledge
There is a wealth of resources, data, technologies, and even solutions; however, many of these resources exist only within the confines of our nation’s laboratories, agencies, or businesses. Practitioners often lack the requisite information or the time to digest it, and private industry struggles to reach the criminal justice community.
Step Four: Take advantage of existing communication streams to educate the field
NPAMC runs a communications program designed to educate the field through partnership-sponsored programs. In addition, we provide each participant with communications programs and materials for dissemination to their constituents.
Step Five: Build consensus
Despite the divergent objectives of NPAMC’s participating organizations, our stakeholders agree on the vast majority of solutions. NPAMC will work to re-channel the efforts spent on areas of disagreement, focusing instead on identifying, evaluating, and implement consensus- based solutions and best practices.
Step Six: Promote and implement best practices and promising solutions
As NPAMC evaluates and identifies best practices and promising solutions, we will work with participating agencies and organizations to promote, pilot, and implement these programs.
Step Seven: Evaluate programs and adjust strategies
NPAMC is partnering with nationally-recognized groups to research and document the efficacy of promising programs. This effort will allow us to realize opportunities for improvement and permit replication on a large scale.