Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation
Current Projects
The Consortium facilitates collaborative research and the transfer of knowledge among researchers, helping professionals, and public policy makers in the field of substance abuse. Here is a complete project history for the consortium. Following are a few of the recent research and evaluation projects conducted by the Consortium researchers:
  • Domestic Violence and Substance AbuseThe Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation is conducting an independent evaluation of a project for Professor William Downs, University of Northern Iowa, as part of his grant award through the National Institute of Justice's Office of Violence Against Women. The project is entitled, "Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse Services for Women: Staff Education and Collaboration. The Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation will conduct an independent evaluation of the project that includes documenting which goals and objectives are met.
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  • Predicting Successful Treatment The Consortium will investigate and model client characteristics that predict treatment success. The project consists of four steps:
    • A literature review to identify evaluate predictors of treatment success.
    • An analysis of existing data using Iowa's substance abuse reporting system (SARS) to create a statistical prediction model of success.
    • A review of the model with substance abuse treatment agency directors and Iowa Department of Public Health officials.
    • Develop suggestions for future data collection and improvements in the SARS.
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  • The Iowa Practice Improvement Collaborative is one of eleven centers nationwide devoted to bridging the gap between research and practice in the field of substance abuse. The Iowa PIC is a partnership of substance abuse providers, researchers, policy makers, and consumers. See the Iowa PIC homesite for more information
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  • Practice-Improvement Collaborative-Development
    The Iowa Consortium in conjunction with the Prairielands Addiction Technology Transfer Center just completed a one-year developmental award from CSAT for the purpose of establishing new and enhancing current mechanisms for collaboration between research, intervention and prevention practice, state policy offices and consumers in Iowa. Using a structure of inter-disciplinary committees on Epidemiology, Treatment and Prevention, the PRC effort created a strategic plan for Iowa research needs which includes: co-occurring disorders, needs for women in treatment, training on best practices for treatment clinicians and prevention specialists, community-wide prevention coalitions, and technical assistance for agencies, legislators, and substance abuse agencies in the state. Each committee included practitioners, policy makers, consumers, and researchers in an effort to encompass a wide view of the treatment and prevention needs in the state.
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  • Iowa Treatment Needs Assessment II
    • Adult Household Survey The purpose of the Adult Household Survey is to add a trend analysis to the state's previous treatment needs assessment results (1993) and to strengthen the state's substance abuse treatment needs data base by improving the measurement of substance use and dependency rates in Iowa. Directed by Gene Lutz, Ph.D., at the University of Northern Iowa, the statewide random digit dial survey sampled approximately 6000 adults statewide and will provide more comprehensive geographic and sociodemographic breakdowns of substance abuse prevalence rates and more information regarding the barriers to treatment.
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    • Substance Abuse Treatment Needs in Alternative Schools This study examined the substance abuse treatment needs estimates for students not enrolled in regular schools. It was the first report in a family of studies included in the Iowa Treatment Needs Assessment II project. The study examined alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) use by students enrolled in Iowa's regular and alternative school programs. The sample also included juveniles at Iowa's two training schools and juvenile home.
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    • Substance Abuse Indirect Indicator Trend Study This study was designed to identify public record indicators that might provide a reliable and valid estimate of alcohol, tobacco and other drug dependence prevalence rate trends in Iowa. The public record indicator trends were then compared to trends from the 1993 and 1996 Adult Household Survey dependence prevalence rates. In most instances neither the direction nor the extent of the changes from 1993 to 1997 in the self-report survey indicators was matched by the public record indicators.
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    • Cost Effectiveness Study The objective of this study was to identify costs and cost savings that result from substance abuse treatment utilization. A representative sampling of substance abuse treatment clients, who completed treatment and a matched comparison group using clients who began, but did not complete their treatment, were compared using cost data extracted from existing state agency databases. Selected client characteristics describing client situations two years prior and three years subsequent to treatment was also analyzed.
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    • Iowa Prevention Needs Assessment Project Funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), this study is the state's most comprehensive effort of it kind to date. The project has three main study components: a State Household Survey, a Special Population Study, and a Social Indicator Study. This study provided information on substance abuse risk factors, protective factors and outcomes using measures developed through prior prevention research. It provides estimates of substance abuse risks, protective factors, and outcomes by demographic and geographic characteristics of the adult population.
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  • 1999 Iowa Youth Survey This is a collaborative effort of the Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Department of Education, The Office of Criminal Juvenile Justice Planning, The Governor's Alliance on Substance Abuse, and Higher Plain, Inc. The Consortium developed and administered the youth survey in public schools in the fall of 1999 to approximately 90,000 students in grades 6, 8, and 11. Nearly 500 youth in out-of-home placement were also surveyed. The survey collected data on risk factors, protective factors, and substance use/abuse. In the spring of 2000 the Consortium offered a variety of reports for dissemination to the public (State, county, AEA, DeCat regions, Judicial regions, and DHS regions to name a few. Reports are available on the Office of Criminal Juvenile and Justice Planning website
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  • Iowa Statewide Data Project The Iowa Statewide Data Project is a joint effort with the Consortium and The Higher Plain Inc. of Iowa City, using Federal Department of Education funds to enhance the analysis and community use of the Iowa Youth Survey data. The Governor's Alliance on Substance Abuse (GASA), the Iowa Department of Education (IDOE), the Office of Criminal Juvenile Justice Planning (CJJP), and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) also supports the Consortium with this project. Training sessions were held on the use of the survey for funding applications and strategic community planning. The Higher Plain staff developed a comprehensive training manual.
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  • Clarinda TOW Project The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) funded a two-year grant to the Consortium to continue the evaluation of the Clarinda TOW (The Other Way) program at the Clarinda Correctional Facility. The TOW evaluation will address the following questions: 1) Does the program accomplish its stated intermediate goals (i.e. influence attitude change regarding substance use)? 2) Are there differences between clients that completed the cognitive unit program at TOW versus the two 12-step based units?; and 3) Are certain types of clients better served by the TOW program than others?
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  • Alcohol,Violence and Women Project This study is an assessment of women with alcohol problems and women who receive counseling for domestic problems. Researchers compared treatment services and examined the integration between the two services. The sample includes over 200 women in substance abuse treatment agencies, domestic violence shelters and safe houses across Iowa City and Northern Iowa sites. The instrument package consisted of in-person interviews and self-administered tests that addressed attitudes and experiences of childhood and adulthood.
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  • Outcomes Monitoring System (OMS) The Consortium, under the auspices of the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Division of Health Promotion, Prevention and Addictive Behaviors, has begun monitoring outcomes of substance abuse treatment in Iowa. The OMS functions as an independent and fresh take on the collection of statewide client data. The development of an OMS will involve discovering new cost effective ways of obtaining data on clients in agencies statewide. A key aspect of the OMS is implementing a protocol for collecting follow-up data by an independent research team instead of treatment agency staff.
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  • TOPPS In October 2000, the Consortium will begin year three of research through IDPH and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) to help strengthen and enhance the independent Outcome Monitoring System (OMS). Through the TOPPS (Treatment Outcomes Performance Pilot Studies) II protocol the OMS will test a computerized instrument for assessment and placement in a pilot group of agencies. Along with the computerized assessment, researchers will be implementing a screening instrument for reported co-occurring psychiatric symptoms, identifying outcomes for methamphetamine users and analyzing supplementary statewide data sets to aid in the collection of specific outcome variables for substance abuse clients.
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  • Targeted Capacity Expansion-Methamphetamine Study (TCE) The TCE project is a three-year Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) grant awarded to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) in 1999. This grant is one of 100+ TCE grants awarded nationwide over the past two years. The Consortium is sub-contracted through IDPH as the grant evaluator. The IDPH was awarded this grant to enhance methamphetamine treatment for adults in the Des Moines area. The grant money is primarily being used to create additional treatment slots for methamphetamine users and lengthen their treatment stays. The project will also provide case-management services to these clients. The Consortium will be concentrating on follow-up interviews to evaluate treatment experiences for each client, and analyze the collection for outcome measures and indicators for successful treatment completion.
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