PREVNET NETWORK 2002: A EUROPEAN NETWORK OF PREVENTION AGENTS
WHAT IS PREVNET NETWORK?
Improving prevention by using the internet. This is the main focus of the Prevnet
Network: a European partnership with a high degree of multidisciplinarity. From
the perspectives of care, rehabilitation, outreach, research, prevention and
education all Prevnet partners work in the area of addiction problems. The
mutual interest is advocacy for telematic methods. Many of the Prevnet partners
themselves have been caught in time by the rapid development of technologies
and communication tools aiming at the same targetgroups. Working together on
a European scale is a primary step to the growing of expertise.
Prevnet Network is a European network of bodies promoting the use of
telematics for the prevention of drugs and other substance misuse.
It is basically the process of sharing our experiences in the field of
telematics on topics such as: What is a good website for drug prevention ?
Cannabis knowledge tests: are they useful ? Can I use chat services in
drug prevention ?
The Prevnet website will be used for professional debate and exchange of
information concerning current prevention topics.
Specific telematic products are created by Prevnet members and will be made
available in automn 2003 via the website.
In October 2003, Prevnet will hold its 2nd Telematic Confernce, with a strong
focus on interactive exchange of know how and experiences.
The roots of the proposed project are in the ”Telematic Methods in Drug
Prevention” project, which started in 1998 with support from the Community
Drug Programme. Telematic possibilities were further explored this past year
through the Prevnet Network (2000-2001). This flexible network structure,
established by EU member states, brought together bodies with less or more
experience in the various uses of telematics, functioning as a supportive,
educational team in connection with organisational telematic endeavours.
Dissemination of telematic information has been ongoing (2000-2001) during
Network meetings, international conferences and within the Network‟s
professional intranet site; www.prevnet.net. These discussions have produced a
picture of telematic prevention methods leaving the one dimensional platform
and entering into a new and exciting variance of multi-dimensional interaction
between the viewer and the organisation within the substance abuse prevention
Teuvo Peltoniemi is the initiator of the Prevnet Network. Not co-incidently,
with a distinct advance of Finland on many other European countries if it
concerns the use of telematics. With the background of his own
organisation, the Finnish A-Clinic Foundation, Teuvo has access to practical
and theoretical challenges when introducing and implementing new
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT TEAM
The current project of Prevnet Network is, since august 2002, led by the Belgian
NGO De Sleutel. Project director Peer van der Kreeft formed a development team
with experts from Germany, the Netherlands, Finland and Ireland. This team
works with a budget funded for 70% by the Community Action on the prevention
of drug dependence within the programme of Public Health. The other 30% is
contributed by the involved partners.
Prevnet organised the 1st Telematic Conference in Athens, March 2002.
There was great interest of associations all over Europe to participate. Not
only in the conference itself, but also in networking later on. This
contributed many letters of intent to be involved in the current Prevnet
network. From partners in EU-countries, but also in Candidate Countries or
other Non-EC countries. The participating organisations wish to contribute
to discussion forums, trainings and meetings. A 2nd Telematic Conference
follows in Dublin, October 2003
Although communication through the ether are of course stimulated as much as
possible in the Prevnet activities, meetings are crucial for sharing knowledge.
MEETINGS OF THE BOARD, combined with workingmeetings of the project
A CORE GROUP MEETING on 17-18 january 2003 in Antwerp. This meeting, open to
associate members too, has the objective of sharing expertise and practical
knowledge concerning the websites of the participating members. It is a very
basic „best practice‟ approach. Besides this quite serviceable part, the meeting
focuses on the concrete products that are being developed and on the
organisational development of Prevnet.
A DELEGATION OF A TRAINER or expert to 3 meetings organised by other instances.
These actions will take place after the products from the Prevnet network have
been developed and are at hand.
THE 2ND TELEMATIC CONFERENCE in Dublin, October 2003. This meeting of
approximately 100 delegates from instances all over Europe.
The days preceding the telematic conference in Dublin, October 2003, we
organise a TRAINING in the use of innovative telematic tools, including the
products developed within the Prevnet project. We consequently publish a
Prevnet.net has been reorganised and redesigned, to make it more attractive and
user-friendly. In the spring of 2003 the website reflects the progress made in the
creation of a number of telematic products and services such as the quality
criteria for websites, SMS & chat services, assessment & knowledge test.
By the automn of 2003, Prevnet will deliver the final product and make sure that
they are easily accessible for every user.
Next steps in the developing prevnet.net are :
Integration of Content Management System
Creation of a CMS driven Newsletter
Forum services for the members
Presentation of telematic products / tools in an application which can be
A NETWORK WITH A EUROPEAN DIMENSION
Prevnet operates as a strong, professional network.
Core group members define the strategy and make sure that Prevnet realises its
objectives. Observers have access to all information, know how and products
offered by Prevnet.
The Prevnet network is open to all prevention workers, active in the field of
substance abuse. The basis of Prevnet is the constant input from its members. A
chat and forum environment on the prevnet.net is an important instrument
In all its activities Prevnet Network 2002 keeps up these main objectives:
To promote the use of telematics for the prevention of drugs and other
substance misuse, dependencies, and related risks
To stimulate transnational and multidisciplinary exchange & co-operation to
enable professionals to exploit opportunities offered by new
to contribute to cultivate prevention professional‟s skills to exploit telematic
methods, improving the quality of services and products
In this third phase of the Prevnet development we decided on the development
and dissemination of concrete products. The products, tools or instruments are
designed for the Prevnet members, but are of course accessible for any other
user, with a possibility to download the basic version it at no cost. This will
however not include a downloadable script.
Products are being developed in these four areas:
SMS & CHAT SERVICES – ways to furnish your prevention agents with
messages they can communicate through mobile phones – or to direct
information to closed circuit groups for harm reduction purposes – or to
have teachers of prevention programmes include chatsessions in the
DRUGS & BRAINS – developing graphics that can be used in ppt. and
commented by your chemistry or biology teacher.
QUALITY TOOLS FOR WEBSITES – establishing standards and means to measure
the quality of your own website using sound indicators and priority settings
– suggesting a code of conduct for prevention agents working in a public
health context with innovative telematic tools
ASSESSMENT & KNOWLEDGE TESTS – providing easy test and processing
templates that you can translate in your own language and even give
afinishing touch with your own logos or colours.
Prevnet includes core members and associated members or observers.
Core group members are responsible for carrying out the project‟s operations
and for the transfer of methodology and knowledge within their own countries.
They have a financial status within the EU project organization, so that their
participation to the meetings are funded.
Observers are defined as associated member from EU-countries and affiliated
members (non-EU). These members have access to the information, materials
and services accumulated in the project and share in the exchange of know how
and experiences. There is no formal financial status within the project.
Core group members
1.De Sleutel (Belgium)
2.Institut für Sozial- und Gesundheitspsychologie / ISG (Austria)
3.Büro für Suchtprävention (Germany)
4.Zentrum für empirische pädagogische Forschung / ZEPF (Germany)
5.Drugs Awareness Programme Crosscare / DAP (Ireland)
6.Jellinek Prevention (Netherlands)
8.NIGZ (Netherlands) – to be checked
11.Instituto Portugues da Droga e da Toxicodependencia / IPDT (Portugal)
12.Instituto para el Estudio de las Adicciones / IEA (Spain)
13.University Mental Health Research Institute (Greece)
14.North Eastern Health Board (Ireland)
15.Institut Suchtprävention, pro Mente Oberösterreich (Austria)
16.Misbrugscentret / Vestjaellands Amt (Denmark)
17. St. George’s Hospital Medical School (UK) - confirmed
18.The Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and other Drugs (Sweden)
19.Italy : Fondazione Villa Maraini ?
20.France : ?
Associ ate members (EU)
1. Fundacion Salud y Comunidad (Spain)
2. Azienda USL7 di Siena / USL7 (Italy)
3. Turning Point (UK)
4. Cooperativa di Studio e Ricerca Sociale Marcella (Italy)
5. Arisco (Portugal)
6. Finnish Association for Healthy Lifestyles (Finland)
7. European Addiction Traiing Institute / EATI (Netherlands)
8 OKANA (Greece)
9 GINKO (Germany)
10. Norwegian Directorate for the Prevention of Alcohol & Drug Problems (Norway)
11. Fondazione Villa Maraini (Italy)
12. Community Awareness of Drugs (Ireland)
13. Institut für Suchtprävention und Angewandte Pädagogische Psychologie ISAPP (Germany)
14. CEPS Centro de Estudios sobre Promocion de la Salud (Spain)
15. Northern Ireland Centre for Health Informatics (Northern Ireland/UK)
16. Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (Germany)
17. Centre de la Prévention de Toxicomanie (Luxemburg)
18. National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health (Finland) - pending
19. Sininauhaliitto Finnish Blue Ribbon (Finland) - pending
20. TEK The Finnish Centre for Health Promotion (Finland) - pending
21. Elämäntapaliitto – The Finnish Associaiton for Healthy Lifestyles (Finland) - pending
Affiliated members (Non-EU)
1. Estonian foundation for Prevention of Drug Addiction (Estonia)
2. National Centre for Addictions (Bulgaria)
3. The Israel Society for the Prevention of Alcoholism / ISPA (Israel)
A SWOT ANALYSIS
The external evaluation made of the former Prevnet project (2000-2002)
contributed the following strengts, weaknesses, opportunities and threats:
Broad coverage of most EU member states and beyond
Core members are committed and enthusiastic
a functioning and accessible website
products, information and experience exchange
The people in the member organisations are not always well aware of the
“E-interaction” (e.g. intranet, videoconferencing) is still passive between
Increasingly concrete themes & subprojects
Prevnet.net taken into more active use
Becoming a “network of networks” (by offering telematic facilities also for
other drug-related networks)
The network activities remain (substantially) on a too general level
Lack of funding
E-interaction will not be taken into active use
“Tool nature”: as such not needed any more after dissemination
The actual prevnet project has taken up this analysis in the most recent
boardmeeting. The opportunities are integrated in the current activities. The
threats are not set aside but taken into account. With the commitment and
contribution of so many members in the network we will accomplish the tasks
and actions we set forward in our contract with the European Commission. And,
not in the least, will we succeed in our mutual effort to constantly improve our
tools and strategies in order to decrease the demand for legal or illegal drugs in
Peer van der Kreeft, president of Prevnet Network 2002