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Projects with Promise

Vol. 26 No. 2

Strategic Doing and the PROSPER Program Delivery System: A Case Study of the Translational Research Process

July 7, 2020


This article summarizes a project focused on the PROSPER program delivery system as a formal vehicle for addressing substance misuse and abuse in Ohio communities. Promoting School–community–university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) is a nationally recognized, evidence-based program delivery system designed to implement prevention programming provided by a partnership among local schools and communities, the university-based Cooperative Extension system, and state leadership. A case study is presented that describes a midproject effort to develop strategies for advancing PROSPER goals through a process called strategic doing. Strategic doing brings partners together to develop strong collaborations that achieve highly desired outcomes. The case study is an example of a formal effort to translate scientific knowledge into applications that address real-life problems. Implications for translational research are discussed.