Lunch and Learn Series: Mastering Qualitative Research Skills-Session 5: Data Storytelling

Lunch and Learn Series: Mastering Qualitative Research Skills

March 11-15, 2024 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET each day

(Registration required for each session)


The Central East & Southeast PTTCs are pleased to present this week-long Lunch & Learn Series in collaboration with the Southeast Regional SPTAC Team.


Overall Series Description:

Embark on a transformative journey to master the art of qualitative research in our Lunch and Learn Series. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting your research journey, these five one-hour sessions are designed to enhance your skills in facilitating focus groups, conducting one-on-one interviews, formulating insightful questions, navigating environmental scans and asset mapping, and finally, mastering the art of data storytelling. Join us as we explore the depths of qualitative research, equipping you with the tools and techniques to unlock valuable insights and tell compelling stories with your data. Session Description: Uncover the secrets of successful focus group facilitation in this session. From creating a welcoming atmosphere to managing group dynamics, learn the essentials of guiding discussions that yield valuable qualitative data.


Series Learning Objectives:

  • Develop proficiency in facilitating focus groups and creating an inclusive environment for diverse perspectives.
  • Hone the art of conducting meaningful one-on-one interviews to elicit rich, detailed insights from participants.
  • Acquire the skills to formulate thought-provoking questions that unveil deeper layers of understanding.
  • Explore the methods of environmental scans and asset mapping to identify key factors influencing your research landscape.
  • Master the craft of data storytelling, transforming raw data into compelling narratives that resonate with your audience.


Session 5 Description:

Learn the crucial skill of turning raw data into compelling narratives. From structuring your story to visualizing data, this session will empower you to communicate your research findings in a way that captivates and resonates with your audience.


This is a 5 part series- be sure to register for all parts!

Session 1: Facilitating Focus Groups
March 11, 2024  |  Sandra Del Sesto, M.Ed, ACPS
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Session 2: Facilitating One-on-One Interviews
March 12, 2024  |  Dorothy Chaney, M.Ed.
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Session 3: Formulating Questions
March 13, 2024  |  Nicole Augustine, MPH, MCHES, PS and Kristin Kidd MA, CPS
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Session 4: Environmental Scans and Asset Mapping
March 14, 2024  |  Josh Esrick, MPP
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Session 5: Data Storytelling
March 15, 2024  |  Josh Esrick, MPP
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Josh Esrick, MPPJosh Esrick, MPP is the Chief of Training and Technical Assistance at Carnevale Associates, LLC. Mr. Esrick has over ten years of experience researching, writing, evaluating, and presenting on substance use prevention and other behavioral health topics. He is an expert in providing training and technical assistance (T/TA) in substance use, having overseen the development of hundreds of T/TA products for numerous clients, including six of SAMHSA’s ten regional Prevention Technology Transfer Centers (PTTCs), the PTTC Network Coordinating Office, the Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) and Mental Health Technology Transfer Centers (MHTTC), and SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT). These trainings and products have covered a wide range of topics, including strategic planning, data collection and analysis, and identifying evidence-based prevention interventions for youth. In addition to T/TA, Mr. Esrick has directly provided many of these services to behavioral health agencies and other entities. He has published several academic journal articles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master of Public Policy from George Washington University.




In order to be eligible for the contact hours/certificate of attendance, you must join the live webinar in the Zoom platform.

Participants will be eligible for up to 5 contact hours. A certificate of attendance will be processed at the end of this series for all participants that attended any part of the series.

If you are having issues accessing the room/application at the time of the event: Please email [email protected] at the start of the webinar so that we can assist you.



If you are in need of any special accommodations, please notify the Central East PTTC Webinar Team three weeks in advance of the event, or as soon as possible, by emailing [email protected].

Starts: Mar. 15, 2024 12:00 pm
Ends: Mar. 15, 2024 1:00 pm
Registration Deadline
March 15, 2024
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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