Guide to Marketing Social Norms
for Health Promotion in Schools and Communities
This comprehensive, step-by-step manual was designed specifically for those who want to use the social norms approach to address school-age and community-wide issues, and it provides both the theoretical and practical information to do so effectively, and with fidelity to the model. As such, it will be a valuable resource for anyone involved in such an effort—be they community members, school administrators and staff, or health promotion professionals.
The contents of the guidebook include:
- Initial Planning
- Data Collection
- Strategy Development
- Sample "Survey of Student Norms"
version of the guidebook, complete with graphics, is available free
in PDF format (DOWNLOAD GUIDEBOOK HERE).
After reading the guidebook you will want to visit our website devoted entirely to the online survey tools for implementing and evaluating social norms interventions: Social Norms Surveys. There you will find a copy of the "Survey of Student Norms" that appears in the guidebook, along with support information and other surveys that focus on bullying and other safety and health issues for youth.
information related to the evaluation of outcome data can be found in
the article "Critical Concerns for
Evaluating Social Norms Interventions with Survey Data," by H. Wesley
Perkins, Ph.D. Based on a presentation given by Dr. Perkins in early
2005 to a select meeting of universities using the social norms approach
to address alcohol-related issues, this article contains important information
for those who are involved in the evaluation of outcome data, no matter
the issue addressed.
Education Project - Directed by Professor H. Wesley Perkins (Sociology)
and David W. Craig (Biochemistry) of Hobart & William Smith Colleges,
this Project provides resources, research support, and consulation for
applying the social norms approach to problems of alcohol and drug misuse
in a variety of school and community settings.
Health & Safety Project - Directed by Professor H. Wesley Perkins
(Sociology) and David W. Craig (Biochemistry) of Hobart & William
Smith Colleges, this program expands the application of social norms
through research and consultation to a broad range of middle and high
school behavioral issues including: 1) bullying, 2) body image, 3) sexual
activity, 4) traffic safety, 5) tobacco use, and 6) alcohol and other
P. Haines & Associates - Independent consultants that support,
promote and provide technical assistance in the application of the social
norms approach to a broad range of health, safety and social justice
issues, including alcohol-related risk-reduction and the prevention
of tobacco abuse.
of the information presented on this page were originally prepared by Michael
Haines and Richard Rice and are printed here with their permission.