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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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In compliance with Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 concerning opportunity for public comment on proposed collections of information, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects. To request more information on the proposed projects or to obtain a copy of the information collection plans, call the SAMHSA Reports Clearance Officer on (240) 276-1243.

Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collections of information are necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Proposed Project: Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) Program (OMB No. 0930-0279) Revision

SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) is responsible for the evaluation instruments of the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) Program. The program is a major national initiative designed to: (1) Prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance abuse, including childhood and underage drinking; (2) reduce substance abuse related problems in communities; and, (3) build prevention capacity and infrastructure at the State/territory/Tribe and community levels.

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Step 1: Profile population needs, resources, and readiness to address needs and gaps.

Step 2: Mobilize and/or build capacity to address needs.

Step 3: Develop a comprehensive strategic plan.

Step 4: Implement evidence-based prevention programs, policies, and practices.

Step 5: Monitor, evaluate, sustain, and improve or replace those that fail.

An evaluation team is currently implementing a multi-method, quasi-experimental evaluation of the first two Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved SPF SIG cohorts receiving their first year grant awards in FY 2004 and FY 2005. This is known as the Cohort 1 and 2 Cross-Site Evaluation Study, OMB-0930-0279. This 60-Day Notice invites comment on grantee-level, community-level, and participant-level data collection instruments designed for the cross-site evaluation of 16 Cohort 3 grantees receiving grants in FY 2006 and a yet-undetermined number of Cohort 4 grantees to be funded in the near future. Since the ultimate goal is to fund all eligible jurisdictions, there are no control groups at the grantee level. The purpose of cross-site evaluation is to measure the impact of community-funded grantees versus non-funded communities on SAMHSA's NOMs.

Data collected at the grantee, community, and participant levels using the three instruments will be combined in an analysis that investigates the relationship, if any, between the SPF process and substance use outcomes at individual and community levels. The instruments will be included in an OMB review package submitted immediately after the expiration of the comment period.

Grantee-Level Data Collection

Two instruments were developed for assessing grantee-level effects. Both instruments are guides for interviews that will be conducted by the grantees' evaluators twice over the life of the SPF SIG award. These instruments are modified versions of those used in the SPF SIG Cohort 1 and 2 Cross-Site Evaluation Study (OMB-0930-0279). The total burden of the original instruments has been reduced by deleting several questions and replacing the majority of open-ended questions with multiple-choice questions. The Strategic Prevention Framework Implementation Interview Protocol will be used to assess the relationship between SPF implementation and change in the NOMs. The Infrastructure Instrument will capture data to assess infrastructure change and to test the relationship of this change to outcomes.

Prevention infrastructure refers to the organizational features of the system that delivers prevention services, including all procedures related to planning, data management, workforce development, intervention implementation, evaluation and monitoring, financial management, and sustainability. The estimated annual burden for grantee-level data collection is outlined below:

Grantee Level Instrument Burden Estimate

Interview guideContent descriptionNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentBurden per respondent (hrs.)Total burden (hrs.)
SPF ImplementationSEW activities, indicators for each SPF step, including cultural competence, throughout all five steps3232192
State InfrastructureAssessment of a State's progress over time toward the implementation of these best practices3233288
Total Burden15480
Average Annual Burden Over Three Years5160

Community-Level Data Collection (Revision)

The Community-Level Instrument is a two-part, Web-based survey for capturing information about SPF SIG implementation at the subrecipient community level. The instrument is a modified version of the one in use in the SPF SIG Cohorts 1 and 2 Cross-Site Evaluation Study (OMB-0930-0279). The total burden of the original instrument was reduced by deleting several questions.

Part 1 of the instrument focuses on the five SPF SIG steps and efforts to ensure cultural competency throughout the SPF SIG process. Part 2 will capture data on the specific intervention(s) implemented at the community level, including both individually-focused and environmental prevention strategies. Part 2 is a modular instrument that includes separate subforms for each of the eight different intervention types. This part will be completed for each intervention implemented during the reporting period, selecting only those subforms that apply to the interventions being reported. Community partners receiving SPF SIG awards will be required to complete the entire online survey once and enter updates every six months, using a secure password system. The estimated annual burden for community-level data collection is displayed in the next table. Note that the total burden assumes an average of 15 community-level subrecipients per grantee (a total of 480 respondents), an average of three distinct interventions implemented by each community, and two survey updates per year. Additionally, some questions will be addressed only once during the data collection process and these prior responses will populate subsequent updates. As community partners work through the SPF steps, they will report only on step-related activities. For example, needs assessment activities will likely precede monitoring and evaluation activities. Thus, respondents will answer questions related to needs assessment in the first few reports but will not address monitoring and evaluation items until later in the implementation process. Start Printed Page 49693

Community Level Instrument Burden Estimate

Survey sectionContent descriptionAverage burden per response (hrs.)Number of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentTotal burden (hrs.)
Reporting Period 1
Part I, 1-235Community Partner Activities39.548011896
Part II, 1-44Prevention Intervention Information1.348031872
Part II, 45-280Intervention-Type-Specific Information12.64803604.8
Reporting Periods 2-6 (updates)
Part I, 1-235Community Partner Activities0.9148052184
Part II, 1-44Prevention Intervention Information0.2480151440
Part II, 45-280Intervention-Type-Specific Information0.15480151080
Total Burden Over Six Reporting Periods9076.8
Average Annual Burden Over Three Years3025.6

Participant-Level Data Collection (New Section)

Participant-level data will be collected from all participants in direct service programs which last 30 days or more. Two instruments will be used for this purpose, one for participants aged 12-17 (youth instrument) and another for participants aged 18 or older (adult instrument). The core sections of the two instruments will be the CSAP NOMs Adult and Youth Programs Survey Forms (OMB-0930-0230).

The participant-level instruments will be administered to each participant at program entry, program exit, and six months after program exit. The following burden estimation is based on the assumption that each subrecipient community will serve 50 participants per year in direct-service interventions lasting 30 days or more, amounting to 12,000 participants per year.

Participant Level Instrument Burden Estimate

Survey typeNumber of respondents per yearBurden per respondent (hrs.)Total annual burden (hrs.)
Average Annual Burden over Three Years8,632

Send comments to Summer King, SAMHSA Reports Clearance Officer, Room 7-1044, One Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, MD 20857 and e-mail her a copy at Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.

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Dated: August 14, 2008.

Elaine Parry,

Acting Director, Office of Program Services.

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[FR Doc. E8-19484 Filed 8-21-08; 8:45 am]