Module 5: Evaluation Considerations for Substance Use Disorder Programs
Evaluation is an important tool for demonstrating the effectiveness of substance use disorder prevention, harm
reduction, treatment, and recovery programs. Evaluations may have different goals, from increasing referrals to
treatment to demonstrating improvements in health outcomes. Since resources for substance use disorder programs
are often scarce in rural communities, evaluation is critical for demonstrating program effectiveness and return
For a detailed overview of program evaluation, see Evaluating Rural Programs in the Rural
Community Health Toolkit.
This module will present specific guidance on evaluation considerations for substance use disorder programs.
In this module: