During the hour-long show Data Detectives learn how to investigate your local conditions to find the indicators you need to make positive change. Find out what sources of credible local data are readily available. See how data can help you define your substance abuse problems, select strategies, and prove your effectiveness. Master the art of using data to tell a story in the community and grow your coalition. Learn how to avoid data overload.

We’ll visit Branson, MO where a coalition’s community assessment told them they had to do something about alcohol density. They did, and the results have been great. Hear what they accomplished and how they did it.

Key Concepts:

  • Learn how to find indicators needed to make positive change
  • Find out what sources of local data are available
  • See how data can help define problems and show change
  • Discover how data can guide the use of resources

Originally Aired: April 26, 2012


Amity Chandler

Executive Director of Drug Free Charlotte County, FL

During Chandler’s leadership, data has shown there have been quantifiable and significant sustained reductions in youth alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use in her community.

During her tenure with Drug Free Charlotte County, Chandler has had the opportunity to serve on the Florida Substance Abuse and Prevention Council and contribute to the Florida Drug Control Strategy. She has also worked as a state and private consultant, working with communities on issues of communication planning, messaging, environmental strategies, and problem and strategy identification.

Prior to entering social services and the not-for-profit arena Ms. Chandler was a high school English teacher. Chandler has a B.A. in English from the University of South Florida and a M.P.A from Florida Gulf Coast University. She is currently a Doctoral candidate in Education Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of South Florida.

Ann Webb Price, Ph.D.

President of Community Evaluation Solutions, Inc

Dr Price is the President of Community Evaluation Solutions, Inc which she established in October 2004. Currently, she is the external evaluator for the Drug Free Coalition of Hall County Georgia, a Drug Free Community grantee.

Prior to CES, Dr. Price was a Senior Data Manager at ORC Macro and worked on a longitudinal study of the effectiveness of SAMHSA’s Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program (CMHS). Prior to her graduate studies, Dr. Price worked in several treatment facilities in Atlanta. Dr.

Price earned a B.A. in Psychology and a M.A. in General Psychology (Pre-clinical) from the University of West Florida. She completed her Ph.D. from Georgia State university in 2000 with a major in Community Psychologyin 2000 with a major in Community Psychology.

Evelyn Yang, Ph.D.

Deputy Director for Evaluation and Research, CADCA”s National Community Anti-Drug Coalition Institute

Yang is responsible for advancing coalition research to improve effectiveness and evaluation to better assess and capture outcomes. She is responsible for translating research findings, new evaluation methodologies, and performance measures into materials coalitions can effectively use in the field.

Yang is also responsible for a variety of projects to develop processes to bridge the research-practice gap by facilitating community/researcher partnerships.

She received her B.A. in Psychology from The College of William and Mary, her M.A. in Clinical/Community Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Ph.D. in Ecological-Community Psychology from Michigan State University.