Peer2Peer: Reinforcing Peer’s Involvement in Outreach Work

Brief summary:

Peer2Peer aims to reinforce the capacity of outreach CSOs to reduce drug demand, by recovering and upscaling the European heritage on cooperation between peers and professionals, outreach workers, small-scale drug dealers and law enforcement. This project comprises internationally recognized research, social intervention and advocacy institutions from Europe, gathered to increase the project’s impact.

Aim / Objectives:

  1. To mitigate gaps in scientific literature regarding formal and informal cooperation between key-actors in outreach interventions addressing PUPS;
  2. To validate the effectivity of cooperation practices in outreach work, through case studies at local level;
  3. To advocate for the upscaling of evidence-based cooperating practices in outreach interventions, especially the integration of PE. The active participation of different key-actors will promote the upscaling of European heritage and the advocacy function of CSO;
  4. To develop dissemination strategies targeting the greater audience, maximising the project impact by raising the general public’s awareness of the need to develop more effective approaches to support PUPS.

As the co-applicant, EHRA is carrying out activities in the following areas:

  • Needs Assessment Focus-Group and Focus-groups will be held in Lithuania with different key actors and stakeholders. They’ll aim to assess the needs of scientific knowledge on the subject and to understand the perceived gaps felt by different stakeholders in terms of cooperation between key-actors in outreach work addressing PUPS, namely the integration of peer educators in outreach teams. As well, to discuss the empirical applicability of data produced in previous activities. European Advisory Group will be created to share best practices and to discuss transferable methods regarding formal and informal cooperation between key-actors in outreach interventions addressing PUPS;
  • Planning the necessary steps for the successful implementation of pilot-interventions at local level according to the guiding principles in cooperation best practices in outreach work, produced by the European Advisory Group. Implementation of the pilot-intervention and Intervention Plan.
  • Two face-to-face discussion forums will be promoted in Lithuania, including policy-makers, decision-makers, law enforcement officials, healthcare professionals and academia experts, to promote the role of cooperation in outreach work – mainly the integration and active participation of peers in outreach work and other drug demand services. National policy dialogue seminars will be organised in Lithuania to provide the opportunity to present project results to relevant national stakeholders, to define national policies on cooperating practices regarding outreach work with PUPS, to discuss future national actions and to to promote effective means of exchange between all stakeholders;
  • Development of European and National Advocacy Strategies.

Countries covered by project:  Portugal, Greece, Poland, Lithuania, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Hungary

Project timeline: March 2019 – October 2020

Overall budget:43,378 EUR

Project donor:  European Commission