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European Commission. [European Commission] New on-line database RAYPRO, a Resource on Alcohol and Youth Projects. (10 Jun 2010)

External website: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/sanco_eahf/raypro/pub...

RAYPRO, a Resource on Alcohol and Youth Projects, enables sharing of information on projects and activities to reduce alcohol-related harm among children and young people, and promotes good practice based on sound evaluation of effectiveness.

Projects and activities are grouped according to themes:
•Curbing under-age drinking
•Curbing drink-driving by young people
•Educating and empowering young people on alcohol issues
•Promoting responsible selling and serving of alcohol to young people
•Protecting young people from the consequences of alcohol abuse by others.

The age range extends from children – for example reducing harm from alcohol use disorders in the family - to young adults, as late teenage and early adulthood affect drinking habits for life.

Intended users of RAYPRO include:
•Youth organisations, other non-governmental organisations
•Youth group leaders, voluntary youth workers
•Youth work professionals, social workers, community workers
•Child care professionals, education professionals
•Health care professionals, substance abuse specialists
•Public health or local authority planning staff, national authorities
•Alcoholic beverage retailers, HoReCa businesses

Key features:
RAYPRO is open to contributions from all organisations and agencies working on alcohol and young people.

•Those wishing to enter information on a project are required to register. Instructions for registering are available in the User guide. No registration is required for browsing projects.
•Project information is structured to cover the intervention and its evaluation, including findings relating to effectiveness.
•Project owners are requested to justify why they consider their project or activity good practice worth sharing
•Project owners can add links and upload documents for sharing.
•Information is entered in English but a summary can also be given in another language.
•Project owners are responsible for the comprehensiveness, accuracy and relevance of the information they enter in the database. DG Health & Consumers carries out technical validation to check that the data is duly filled in but does not vet the projects.

Further resources:
•As RAYPRO is focussed on a limited range of topics, the Further resources section offers links to national and thematic project databases and to other relevant internet sources.
•A partner search function is being planned to be added to RAYPRO in the next stage.
•At a later stage, the project entries will be used to develop a set of quality criteria to help identify and develop good practice approaches aimed at young people in the field of alcohol which will lead to appropriate and effective interventions.

RAYPRO is developed and hosted by the European Commission's Directorate-General Health and Consumers. The impetus for setting up RAYPRO came from the European Alcohol and Health Forum, a platform set up by the European Commission to bring together businesses and non-governmental organisations committed to taking action to reduce alcohol-related harm. Following an outline created by the Forum's youth focussed task force, DG Health & Consumers, assisted by an advisory board, has set up RAYPRO for a pilot phase through to 2011.

Further information on the background is available at:


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