Evaluating Coalition Capacity-Building Efforts in Lima, Peru

The System Exchange evaluated the impact of the U.S. State Department Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) trainings conducted by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) in Lima, Peru. This evaluation examined the cumulative impact of INL and stakeholders in forming coalitions and helping them increase their capacity to address substance abuse and crime rates on a community-wide scale.

This study also aimed to identify and assess the impact of community processes (facilitated by coalitions) in creating systems change and to understand how contextual factors and conditions influenced the work of the coalitions. This evaluation was guided by the principles of community participatory action research with the aim of engaging key local individuals to ensure the accuracy and effectiveness (e.g., local application) of the results.