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Module 5: Evaluation Considerations for Substance Use Disorder Programs

Evaluation is an important tool for demonstrating the effectiveness of substance abuse treatment programs. Evaluations may have different goals from increasing referrals to treatment to demonstrating improvements in health outcomes. Since resources for substance abuse treatment and prevention programs are often scarce in rural communities, evaluation is critical for demonstrating program effectiveness and return on investment.

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 abuse treatment programs.

In this module: