Research and Evaluation

KETHEA relies on research to continuously improve the quality and effectiveness of its services, its strategy formulation, and its documentation of the economic and social benefits that stem from the running of effective rehabilitation and social reintegration programmes. The research evaluation methods used at KETHEA include qualitative and quantitative analysis and design methods in line with the specifications drawn up by the World Health Organization in collaboration with the EMCDDA and the Council of Europe.

Evaluation of services

Our evaluation includes implementing the Clinical Management Information System (CMIS); investigating the degree to which the recipients of our services and the wider community are satisfied with them; evaluating our human resources as well as our treatment process and its effectiveness; and seeking to continuously improve the quality of our services, to use cost-benefit analysis and social planning, and to explore personnel satisfaction.

Monitoring participant characteristics

On an annual basis, KETHEA collects processes and analyses the characteristics and patterns of use of the people who come to our Counselling Centres around Greece.

Evaluating the clinical process

The outcome of the treatment for programme participants is monitored 12 and 24 months after they joined the programme. All the fields proposed by EuropASI are examined, along with several additions: family issues, new education and/or vocational training, psychological changes, changes in health, legal issues.

Cooperating with the EKTEPN

Our cooperation with the EKTEPN (Greek Documentation and Monitoring Centre for Drugs) covers, on the one hand, providing data for the calculation of epidemiological indicators and the production of an annual report on the drug problem in Greece and, on the other, documenting the treatment and prevention services KETHEA provides at a national level in accordance with the specifications of the EDDRA system applied by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).

Supervising third-party research

KETHEA enables scientists, graduate students and agency executives to conduct research into its therapeutic programmes; all research is governed by its Ethical Code of Conduct for Processing Personal Data.