Communities That Care (CTC) is a strategy development process for local communities that empowers them to use robust evidence of 'what works' in prevention and early intervention to prevent youth problem behaviours, based on unique profiles of young people’s behavioural outcomes and risk and protective factors in that community.
Epidemiological research on risk- and protective factors, working with effective prevention programmes, community ownership of local implementation, proactive training as well as technical assistance and evaluation of local results are the core elements of CTC.
To learn more about Communities That Care see here (U.S.-Website).
Communities That Care was originally developed and disseminated in the U.S., but was also adopted in several European countries and overseas. The CTC-EU-Network aims to support the transferability of the established CTC-methods to other European countries as well.
See here for a report about the effectiveness of CTC and recommendations for further evaluating CTC in Europe.
The EU-funded project
“Communities That Care (CTC) European Network: Making CTC work at the European level” (1/2013 – 12/2015) supported the transferability of CTC by working on three topics:
- CTC Youth Survey cross-national comparison
- European inventory of effective prevention programmes
- Guidelines for CTC implementation in new countries
A presentation with more details about the project aims and structure you can find here.