Interactive theater

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vbanyard
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Interactive theater

Another prevention tool that has been used with a bystander framework is interactive theater. The advantage of this tool is that it can reach large audiences like social marketing campaigns but in a more active learning modality like smaller education programs. There are a number of examples of these on college campuses and all have been or are in the process of being evaluated with promising results so far.

Here are a few examples:

1. InterAct - California State University http://www.csulb.edu/colleges/cla/departments/communicationstudies/inter...

2. iScream - Rutgers University http://www.facebook.com/iscreamru?sk=app_2374336051

3. No Zebras - Central Michigan http://www.cmich.edu/SAPA/Programs/No_Zebras.htm

jgrove
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Interactive Theatre

I've heard some concerns from preventionists about theatre models and how these are usually one-time events (so more of a "sprinkling" vs. "saturation" method that the prevention literature supports).  Do these models incorporate multiple sessions?

vbanyard
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Good question. Some of them

Good question. Some of them do - for example, iScream at Rutgers has followup training and skill building sessions. So, similar to U Kentucky SEEDS model, you have interactive theater (instead of a motivational speech) that starts things off and then additional opportunities are provided. I think a key question for the evaluation research going on now is whether these one shot programs make an impact. So much of the time, even with small group trainings you are lucky if you get one, one hour session. The research is so clear that prevention needs to be way longer and over time to really have an impact. In the current climate with such limited resources, how do we make that happen?

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