The materials below were reviewed for Readiness for Dissemination. The implementation
point of contact can provide information regarding implementation of the intervention
and the availability of additional, updated, or new materials.
Air Force Suicide Prevention Program Web site, http://afspp.afms.mil/
Readiness for Dissemination Ratings by Criteria (0.0-4.0 scale)
External reviewers independently evaluate the intervention's Readiness for Dissemination
using three criteria:
- Availability of implementation materials
- Availability of training and support resources
- Availability of quality assurance procedures
For more information about these criteria and the meaning of the ratings, see Readiness for Dissemination.
Training and Support
Implementation materials are clear and easily accessible through the program Web site. The Leader's Guide to Managing Personnel in Distress provides extensive information on behavioral signs of specific problems that may be affecting personnel, the "do's and don'ts" of early intervention, and community resources for referral. One slide presentation outlines the steps for becoming an instructor; the program's "Integrated Service Delivery" approach gives guidance to leaders on moving concerns through the chain of command, understanding policy that serves as supervisory direction, and consulting community agencies to get supervision or consultation on specific issues. Quality assurance is supported by information on the reasonable steps for demonstrating proficiency as an instructor.
Most of the implementation materials provided discuss the program and the need; very little focus is placed on how implementers can make use of this intervention. No information is provided on how instructors or coaches/supervisors are selected, trained, and coached to become effective trainers and coaches for new instructors. No information is presented about how outcome data is collected to measure the impact of briefings and early interventions. No clear process is described for ensuring implementation fidelity.