The Society for Prevention Research is an organization dedicated to advancing scientific investigation on the etiology and prevention of social, physical and mental health, and academic problems and on the translation of that information to promote health and well being. The multi-disciplinary membership of SPR is international and includes scientists, practitioners, advocates, administrators, and policy makers who value the conduct and dissemination of prevention science worldwide.



I. To improve the quality of prevention science

A. Advocacy/Communication

Goal: Promote the science and practice of prevention research


  1. Education/Advocacy: Focused on educating others about prevention science, articulate the value of prevention science and science-based prevention including cost-effectiveness
  2. Communication: Focused on communication around the journal and communication between SPR members and the Board/Executive office, between SPR Board and targeted audiences, and SPR and the public.
  3. Partnerships with Other Organizations: Develop relationships and partnerships with other organizations in areas of common interest. Relationships are more specifically advocacy/policy focused and work with other organizations with related missions to leverage resources.

B. Annual Meeting

Goal: Produce an annual meeting of the highest quality, which provides cutting edge science and a review of selected topics in prevention science.


  1. Provide the highest quality of oral, poster and plenary presentations based on abstract submissions and review.
  2. Produce a scientific program that offers the latest research in each of the Conference Program Committee topic areas.
  3. Offer education experiences including special opportunities for early career prevention researchers and trainees.
  4. Ensure comprehensive meeting planning so as to facilitate an environment conducive to a high quality scientific meeting.
  5. Recognize individuals who made outstanding contributions to the field of prevention science.
  6. Create productive networking environment for meeting attendees by providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas.
  7. Create positive networking environment for meeting attendees that facilitates positive social interaction.
  8. Create an environment that promotes health for meeting attendees.
  9. Create an environment that promotes and welcomes diversity.

C. Publishing

Goal: Position Prevention Science as the preeminent prevention research journal.


  1. Support a strong role of peer review as it serves to maintain the quality of the journal.
  2. Increase public awareness of prevention science through the SPR website, Wikipedia and other public forums such as social media i.e., Face book, LinkedIn, Twitter.

D. Training

Goal: Promote and enhance the training of scientists and practitioners in prevention science.


  1. Develop programs and resources that provide training opportunities
  2. Develop and support early career mechanisms
  3. Develop and disseminate the Standards of Knowledge for the Science of Prevention
  4. Increase the participation of under-represented minorities in prevention research

E. International

Goal: Strengthen linkages through communication that facilitate sharing and learning with prevention researchers worldwide.


  1. Develop and implement low cost strategies to increase information exchange and support international collaborations.

E. Leadership Development

Goal: Identify SPR members for leadership and committee positions with special emphasis on diversity.


  1. Ensure the generation of candidates for the board of directors and standing committees and make recommendations to the President and President-elect.
  2. Diversity of gender, ethnicity, career level, research areas, and occupational types, specifically policy makers.

F. Membership

Goal: Improve and communicate the value of SPR membership and increase the membership with a special emphasis on diversity especially ethnicity, age, gender, discipline, and occupational types.


  1. Increase membership size by 10% annually through targeted recruitment efforts.
  2. Increase membership diversity with regard to ethnicity, career levels/age, categories of research content and foci, and occupational types in particular policy makers.

H. Member Communications

Goal: Increase and enhance the communication and sharing of information between the leadership of SPR and the membership, between members, and between the executive office and members.


  1. Enhance communication with SPR members

a. Work to improve communication with members by enhancing communication tools, such as a member newsletter, e-mail news bulletins, Web site, and social media tools.

b. Coordinate the development and implementation of appropriate surveys and assessment tools for SPR services.

c. Promote SPR internally with updates on advocacy and grant projects.

I. Finance and Development

Goal: Assure the financial viability of SPR.


  1. Maintain a formal, annual process to evaluate and monitor expenditures
  2. Define financial targets for revenue and reserves commensurate with the needs of the Society to fund activities and protect against risks.
  3. Diversify sources of income, other than membership dues, by increasing development efforts from corporations, non-profit foundations, and individual support.

II. To change research and practice through prevention science

A. Type 2 Translational Research (MAPS II)

Goal: Frame a research agenda for taking evidence-based preventive interventions (EBI) to scale with fidelity examining factors influencing adoption, utilization and institutionalization of EBIs by service systems, under varying controlled and (often) uncontrollable conditions.  


  1. Preparation of guidelines for the conduct of Type 2 translational research,
  2. Development of training materials for new prevention researchers,
  3. Recommendations for support of Type 2 translational research, and,
  4. Development of materials on the key elements of Type 2 translational research designed for program implementers and practitioners.

B. Next Step in Type 2 Translational Research (MAPS IV)

Goal: To provide guidance regarding the best ways to integrate research into programmatic initiatives that helps understand the factors related to (and the methods that can be used to promote) successful program dissemination, implementation, and sustainability.


1. To develop guidelines regarding how best to support coordinated, comprehensive programmatic initiatives and how initiatives should be structured to successfully integrate dissemination, implementation, and scale-up research.

C. Integrating Benefit-Cost Analysis into Prevention Research (MAPS III)

Goal: To bring together prevention scientist working across diverse fields and economists working within the area of prevention science to outline elements of standards for high-quality benefit-cost studies. And through this work to inform the science and methods to aid prevention scientists as they work to integrate these data into research.