Social problems can be very complex and therefore require the involvement of organisations and individuals across multiple sectors to be successful.
While many may target a specific group in their local community (for example, youth) the complexity of ‘solving’ social problems means that a collective approach will be required to address them.
For this reason, it’s important that organisations and individuals working to reduce AOD harms build on the various programs and initiatives already operating in their locality to ensure effective change. This means where a broader community action plan (CAP) already exists, it’s preferable for your project to build on this – and to be explicit as to how these will fit together.
In short, choosing the make-up of the team to collaborate on your project will depend on your community’s needs (i.e. the identified target population), but should also be influenced by the variety of organisations that ‘work with’ or influence this group.
From there, a good strategy is to focus on the risk and protective factors that you’ve identified for your target group. This will provide further guidance on the appropriate setting for your program.