NSSP Implementation Assessment Advisory Group


To periodically assess the implementation of the revised National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP).


The NSSP Implementation Assessment Advisory Group (IAAG) will develop a data-gathering process, analyze compiled data, generate and disseminate a report, and annually refine the process, based upon available resources and information needs. 

Data-gathering (January-July 2014 for the period September 2012 – December 2013; annually thereafter)

  • Sources of data: The IAAG will gather information from major national suicide prevention organizations, key federal government officials (through the Federal Working Group on Suicide Prevention), the Action Alliance’s EXCOM members and task force co-leads, and the 50 state suicide prevention leads.
  • Input to be obtained: These partners will be asked about 1) their awareness and use of the NSSP, 2) mapping current efforts onto the NSSP, 3) using the NSSP to identify gaps in their work, 4) relevancy of NSSP goals for their work, and 5) activities they are doing that are not included in the NSSP goals or objectives. They will also be asked to identify case examples of activities that are being done as a result of the NSSP.

Analysis (July-September 2014)

  • Using the information gathered, the IAAG will map those domains of the NSSP that appear to be garnering attention; identify exemplary and model programs, approaches, and case studies; and identify the most significant gaps in implementation. The IAAG will engage the Action Alliance’s Impact Group to help them interpret the meaning and impact of the data. 

Report generation and dissemination (October-December 2014)

  • Report generation: The IAAG will develop a report to the Action Alliance including description of methods, analysis of results, and conclusions and recommendations. The recommendations may pertain to Action Alliance activities and priorities, future evaluation research, and the nation’s overall approach to implementing the NSSP, covering such topics as barriers to implementation, delineation of areas in need of evaluation research, and recommendations for future versions of the NSSP. The report will also include recommendations for the IAAG’s approach in the future year(s) and project corresponding staffing and resourcing requirements.
  • Report dissemination: The IAAG will present the report for review and comment to the Action Alliance co-chairs, EXCOM, task forces, and membership by the end of November 2014. After receiving recommendations and approval, the IAAG will disseminate the report widely in December 2014.


  • U.S. Surgeon General (Proxy: RADM Patrick O’Carroll, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACMI— Assistant Surgeon General and HHS Region 10 Administrator, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))
  • Dan Reidenberg, PsyD, FAPA, FACFEI, CRS, BCPC, CMT—Executive Director, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)


  • Brian Boon, Ph.D., President/CEO, CARF International
  • Eric Caine, M.D., Ph.D., Chair & John Romano Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Univ. of Rochester Medical Center; PI, Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention
  • Bill Crowley, M.S., Director of Program Evaluation, US Department of Defense
  • Ira Katz, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Consultant for Mental Health Program Evaluation, US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Richard McKeon, Ph.D., Chief, Suicide Prevention Branch, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, HHS
  • Jane Pearson, Ph.D., Chair, NIMH Suicide Research Consortium, Division of Services and Intervention Research, National Institues of Health, HHS
  • Phil Rodgers, Ph.D., Vice President of Design, Development, & Evaluation, LivingWorks Education, Inc.
  • Co-leads will identify 2 additional members representing federal and private sector partners with expertise or oversight in:
    • National strategy evaluation (e.g., someone who was part of the National Prevention Strategy or the group who evaluated it).
    • General evaluation and analysis.