The Communities That Care (CTC)
Milestones and Benchmarks were developed to assist communities in the implementation of CTC. There are five phases in CTC with Milestones and Benchmarks for
each of the phases. For example, in Phase 1
Getting Started the milestones include Define the scope of the
prevention effort and Identify community readiness issues. Think of the
phases as the big picture, the milestones as the specific goals and
the benchmarks as steps to achieve the goal.
The Milestones and Benchmarks have multiple uses
in the implementation of CTC. They are used as a planning tool to decide
what needs to happen in the planning process, a checklist to ensure that
all appropriate steps are taken and as an assessment and evaluation tool
that can assist in identifying training and technical assistance needs.
Several communities have used the Milestones and Benchmarks with their
coalitions, boards and other groups by having the members of the group
rate their progress in implementing CTC which leads to the
identification of key next steps in implementation process.
The Milestones and Benchmarks provide the community or state an opportunity to
rate their progress in implementing CTC. Each Milestone and Benchmark
has a rating scale from 1 Not at all there to 4 Completely and
totally there. The rating definitions are listed in the Coding
Definitions column. The Milestones and Benchmarks can be periodically
rated by the coalition, board or other group and provide a history of
the implementation process.