PROSPER community-university partnership model for public education systems: capacity-building for evidence-based, competence-building prevention

Prev Sci. 2004 Mar;5(1):31-9. doi: 10.1023/b:prev.0000013979.52796.8b.


This paper presents a model to guide capacity-building in state public education systems for delivery of evidence-based family and youth interventions-interventions that are designed to bolster youth competencies, learning, and positive development overall. Central to this effort is a linking capacity agents framework that builds upon longstanding state public education infrastructures, and a partnership model called PROSPER or PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience. The paper presents an overview of the evolving partnership model and summarizes positive results of its implementation over a 12-year period in an ongoing project.

MeSH terms

  • Community-Institutional Relations*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine*
  • Models, Organizational*
  • Preventive Health Services / organization & administration*
  • School Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Self Efficacy*
  • United States
  • Universities / organization & administration*