On June 10 and 11, in cooperation with UNODC, USAID organized a regional training on evaluating drug use control and prevention programs for policy makers of the five Central Asian states, as well as Afghanistan and Iran. The training emphasized planning and implementation of evaluation models programs on a national level. The discussions focused on using evaluation as a tool for timely identification and effective correction of gaps in the programs.
The drug use control and prevention training is topical and timely for all South and Central Asian states that wish to strengthen program evaluation in accordance with international standards, update their programs in accordance with changing regional conditions, and make prevention programs highly effective in national drug control efforts. To date, only 5% of drug prevention programs have been evaluated.