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CVO is regularly called upon to contribute its experience and expertise in social scientific research in providing training and consultancy.

Training In the past years CVO has increasingly trained and supervised non-academic research groups, in particular on the use of rapid assessment and response (RAR) methods. RAR is a rapid and cost effective research method to both map urgent public health or social problems and develop adequate interventions and policy. RAR combines a number of frequently used research methods for data collection.
In collaboration with Trimbos National Institute on Mental Health and Addiction, CVO elaborated the RAR method by adding simple analysis protocols. With this protocol non-academic researchers can analyse RAR data in a structured manner.
RAR methods have proved useful in various fields. Some examples of CVO RAR projects are:
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Substance use of Iranian refugees in Vienna
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Substance use and trafficking of young illegal Maghreb immigrants in Barcelona
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Substance use in Estonian jails
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Alcohol use among under-age Angolan asylum seekers in Limburg, the Netherlands
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Profiles of double diagnosis clients in Dutch drug treatment facilities

Consultancy CVO advices research institutes, care organisations and policy makers in the Netherlands and abroad about the design and realisation of social scientific research. These consultancy activities build upon the staff’s collective body of experience on the use of psychoactive substances, other forms of compulsive behaviour and related health harm.
CVO advices policy makers and health care organisations on development, implementation and evaluation of social policies and interventions, in particular in the areas of health and substance use.
Some examples of international consultancies by CVO staff include:
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Consultancy and support on the design and realisation of a study of the nature and extent of intravenous drug use among youth in four Asian cities, conducted by the Asian Harm Reduction Network
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Consultancy and participation in a WHO, UNAIDS and UNODC mission on the implementation of methadone treatment in Ukraine
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Consultancy to the Estonian government and UNAIDS on the national strategy on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment
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Consultancy to the Moldovan Global Fund and the World Bank Implementation Unit on the design of a second generation HIV/AIDS surveillance system
These examples concern international projects, but we also give consultancy on local and national level.

 

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