“Building and Sustaining a Resilient Prevention Program: Lessons from Our Failures”
Panel Moderators: Dr. Dolores Cimini & Dr. Estela Rivera
Panelists: Dr. Peggy Glider, Dr. Sarah Nolan, & Sarah Skolnick
In the prevention and intervention field, attention is often focused on programs and strategies that demonstrate success in addressing high-risk drinking, drug misuse, violence, or related risk behaviors. Comparatively less attention is focused on interventions that are not successful or which produce null results, categorizing these occurrences as “anomalies” or “intervention failures” and thereby limiting the opportunity for our field to learn from them. This panel presentation will challenge our definitions of “successful” and “unsuccessful” prevention efforts by highlighting “failed” interventions, deconstructing the processes through which these results were understood, and exploring how negative or null results were instrumental in informing next steps, mobilizing persistence in pursuing paths toward achieving intervention effectiveness, and contributing to a greater understanding of why specific intervention strategies may or may not work in different contexts. The critical importance of redefining success and deriving meaning from negative or null results will be highlighted.