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Depending on the number of applications, NIDA may also choose to post and recognize additional infographics on its website.
About the Challenge
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) challenges the general public to create an infographic that presents information, rooted in the current research, concerning the growing trend of prescription drug abuse. The infographic should be designed to inform and educate the general public in interesting, novel, and creative ways about the dangers involved with the abuse of prescription drugs. Prescription drug abuse is a growing drug problem for America. Rates of death by drug overdose have more than tripled since 1990. Most of these deaths are caused by prescription drugs. Infographics are frequently used to communicate complex information in a clear, concise and visually appealing manner to the public. Compared to other topical areas (e.g., politics, economics) the usage of infographics in health science is extremely limited, and infographics relevant to substance use and abuse rarely utilize primary data sources.The infographic submissions in response to this Challnge are intended to increase awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse based on latest research. The use of the following data research sources is encouraged (however, additional primary data sources relevant to substance use and abuse may be used):
• Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Data (ADAM; http://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/arrestee-drug-abuse-monitoring-program)
• Behaviors Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS: http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/)
• Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN; http://www.samhsa.gov/data/DAWN.aspx)
• Monitoring the Future (MTF; http://www.monitoringthefuture.org/)
• National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC; http://www.sgim.org/communities/research/dataset-compendium/national-epidemiologic-survey-on-alcohol-and-related-conditions-nesarc)
• National Health Interview Survey (NHIS; http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm)
• National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health; http://www.cpc.unc.edu/projects/addhealth)
• National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS; http://www.bls.gov/nls/)
• National Survey on Drug Use & Health (NSDUH; http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUH/2011SummNatFindDetTables/Index.aspx)
• Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS; http://wwwdasis.samhsa.gov/webt/newmapv1.htm)
• Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS; http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/yrbs/index.htm)
• National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP; http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/NAHDAP/)
• Health Data Community at data.gov (Health Data; http://www.healthdata.gov/)
We also encourage combining or “mashing up” of multiple data sets.
Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), NIH
Director, Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research, NIDA
Health Services Administrator, Services Research Branch, DESPR, NIDA
Epidemiologist, Science Policy Branch, Office of Science Policy and Communications (OSPC), NIDA
Senior Analyst, Office on Research and Data Analysis, Office of National Drug Control Policy
Deputy Branch Chief, Epidemiology Research Branch, DESPR, NIDA
- 1. Creativity and aesthetics
Like artwork, an infographic should be designed to capture the attention of the viewer and tell a story through creative use of visuals and layout. How original and attractive is the infographic?
- 2. Clarity in articulating the prescription drug abuse problem
At its core, the potential value of data visualization lies in the ability to synthesize and convey complex data clearly and succinctly. How distinctly does the product illuminate the problem of prescription drug abuse?
- 3. Success in translating multiple data sets into relevant visual information
Synthesizing multiple, large datasets to deliver relevant information in a visually compelling way, while effectively conveying complex information, is an important feature of an infographic.How well does the data visualization product accomplish this?
How to Enter
Register for this Challenge through the registration link found on the landing page under this Challenge description. Submit to Challenge.gov all Entry Materials, including items 1 through 3, described under Submission Requirements. Other than providing your contact information as described below, please do not submit any other confidential information.