2019 Needs Assessment Survey Findings
The Mountain Plains - Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) distributed a training and technical assistance (T&TA) needs survey to each of the six states in our region. (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming). The goal of this survey was to understand the T&TA needs of the prevention professionals in our states. We developed the survey during December 2018 through April 2019 and it was administered from April through May of 2019. A total of 267 prevention professionals in Region 8 started the survey; 21 of these individuals did not complete the survey. After removing the incomplete responses, data collected from 246 participants were reviewed.
Respondents were predominantly:
- Female (87.40%),
- White (92.43%) and not of Hispanic origin (97.10%)
- Between the ages of 35 and 44 (30.86%)
- Residing in rural communities (67.77%)
- Working at a community coalition (24.69%), and
- Working as a substance use prevention specialist (50.22%)
Participants were asked to indicate the priority/need for training and/or technical assistance (TA) on a variety of topics. Each topic was rated on a 5-point scale. The top five training needs based on the percentage of respondents indicating it as a “Very Interested” included:
- Adolescent substance use prevention
- Alcohol prevention
- Marijuana prevention
- Changing social norms
- Connecting adolescent development with prevention programming
Additionally, a report was generated for each of the six states in region 8 to identify the specific training and/or technical assistance (TA) requests and responses from that state.