Assess your community capacity and needed resources

Supportive relationships strategies come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  Some interventions will require materials and resources (i.e., computers, printers, and copy machines or services) to create tip sheets, worksheets, quit contracts, or informational brochures. Others may require meeting rooms, areas for fitness activities, or a kitchen for cooking demonstrations. Some strategies may require a dedicated phone line for a hotline or follow-up phone calls.

You may consider creating a resource management plan, in which you review your current resources and resource requirements and identify at what points in the intervention you, will need these specific resources. As you develop your budget, be sure to incorporate the costs for these types of resources.

Supportive relationships interventions may also require certain skill sets depending on the specific strategies used. For example, it may be necessary to have skills at providing support or encouragement, problem-solving, leadership, or other capacity-building activities.

Likewise, evaluation of supportive relationships interventions can be complex and may require assistance from researchers and other partners who have experience with study design, measurement development, data collection, data analysis or translation of research findings into practical implications for your community.

Evidence from previous work on supportive relationship interventions suggests they can be developed with a wide range of available funds and resources.  Supportive relationships have performed well with a variety of different financial, personnel, space, equipment, and materials considerations.

Previous work in supportive relationships has found:

  • Low cost intervention alternatives (e.g., buddy systems) to high cost interventions (e.g., physician counseling, tailored counseling through computer programs) are available and effective.
  • Most of the costs for these interventions relate to personnel time and expenses, including:
    • Staff time to design, develop, implement and evaluate the intervention
    • Training staff/health care providers/lay health workers:
    • Cultural competence
  • Space may or may not be an issue. These interventions can be conducted in health care facilities, schools, or other environments that don’t require renting out space to implement the intervention. However, your staff may require office space for their activities or you may need to contribute resources to renting out space (e.g., a parent organization meeting).
  • Likewise, equipment and materials may or may not be issues for consideration. Some of these interventions were conducted through providing telephone support (e.g., follow-up phone calls) or on-line support and others may have used worksheets, videos, culturally appropriate food for events, or manuals to provide support for preventing or reducing tobacco use. Most of the equipment or materials are relatively inexpensive to acquire and distribute.
  • Other resources to think about may include money or other types of incentives as part of competitions and contests or as positive reinforcement for having changed tobacco use behaviors for a certain period of time.

The Readiness and Preparation and Capacity sections provide information and resources to help you think about the resources you might need for your intervention.  For specific examples of tools and resources for tobacco that have been created and used by other communities, visit Tools and Resources for Tobacco Supportive Relationships.

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