Core 2 is the information management, statistics and evaluation Core of the MDAPRC and will provide support to the MDAPRC projects in the areas of research design, instrument development and administration, quality control, data processing and data management, computer hardware and software availability and support, statistics and data analysis, and program evaluation.
Specific Aims for Information Management include: (1) to coordinate and assist with data processing and data monitoring for the individual research projects; (2) to make available Central Information Management resources to the MDAPRC projects; (3) to assest with optimal utilization of these resources; (4) to coordinate the purchase, installation, and maintenance of additional resources; and (5) to provide technical assistance to the projects in these areas.
Specific Aims for Statistics Consulting include: (1) to provide guidance in various aspects of the study design, including the formulation of hypotheses, sampling and randomization techniques, and avoidance of bias; (2) to monitor adherence to the study protocol; assist in the design and implementation of techniques for the validation of the information collected; monitor and coordinate the correction of data errors and missing information; (3) to seek out and develop statistical techniques for unique data analytic problems; (4) to oversee and assist with the statistical analysis of the data; and to help with the interpretaiton, evaluation and summary of the results; and (5) to combine data from the individual research projects for joint analysis of common research issues. Evaluation Specific Aims include: (1) to review program evaluation activities for the individual research projects, including needs assessment, selection and development of evaluation instruments, and design of evaluation plans, (2) to monitor program implementation and to coordinate quality assurance activities with regard to intervention studies, and (3) to design, administer and analyze instruments for these purposes.
|Scheier, Lawrence M; Grenard, Jerry L; Holtz, Kristen D (2011) An empirical assessment of the Above the Influence advertising campaign. J Drug Educ 41:431-61|
|Lynne-Landsman, Sarah D; Graber, Julia A; Nichols, Tracy R et al. (2011) Is sensation seeking a stable trait or does it change over time? J Youth Adolesc 40:48-58|
|Nichols, Tracy R; Birnel, Sara; Graber, Julia A et al. (2010) Refusal skill ability: an examination of adolescent perceptions of effectiveness. J Prim Prev 31:127-37|
|Epstein, Jennifer A; Botvin, Gilbert J (2008) Media resistance skills and drug skill refusal techniques: What is their relationship with alcohol use among inner-city adolescents? Addict Behav 33:528-37|
|Epstein, Jennifer A; Griffin, Kenneth W; Botvin, Gilbert J (2008) A social influence model of alcohol use for inner-city adolescents: family drinking, perceived drinking norms, and perceived social benefits of drinking. J Stud Alcohol Drugs 69:397-405|
|Lynne, Sarah D; Graber, Julia A; Nichols, Tracy R et al. (2007) Links between pubertal timing, peer influences, and externalizing behaviors among urban students followed through middle school. J Adolesc Health 40:181.e7-13|
|Nichols, Tracy R; Birnbaum, Amanda S; Birnel, Sara et al. (2006) Perceived smoking environment and smoking initiation among multi-ethnic urban girls. J Adolesc Health 38:369-75|
|Nichols, Tracy R; Graber, Julia A; Brooks-Gunn, Jeanne et al. (2006) Ways to say no: refusal skill strategies among urban adolescents. Am J Health Behav 30:227-36|
|Griffin, Kenneth W; Botvin, Gilbert J; Nichols, Tracy R (2006) Effects of a school-based drug abuse prevention program for adolescents on HIV risk behavior in young adulthood. Prev Sci 7:103-12|
|Griffin, Kenneth W; Botvin, Gilbert J; Nichols, Tracy R (2004) Long-term follow-up effects of a school-based drug abuse prevention program on adolescent risky driving. Prev Sci 5:207-12|
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