The Fundamentals of Understanding and Using Data in Prevention Part 1: What Is Data and Why We Use It

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Date: Thursday, February 22, 2024

Time: 11:00 AM—12:30 PM ET

Format: Webinar

Cost: FREE

Contact Hours: 1.25 (Certificate of Attendance)

Target Audience: Professionals or organizations; Community members (members of a community or consumers); Students or educators (including faculty, administrators, supervisors, etc.)

Developed for: SAMHSA Region 3


SERIES DESCRIPTION

Decades of research underscores the importance of strategically using data to guide substance use prevention efforts. Data is used in many ways, such as identifying risk and protective factors and current substance use trends, understanding the personal and societal consequences of use, assessing the impact of policy decisions on use, and informing prevention professionals about evidence-based practices. Accurate, comprehensive data allows us to understand the substance use landscape, the needs of our communities, and the most effective and efficient opportunities to use prevention resources.

This four-part webinar series will provide an overview of the importance of data in the field of substance use prevention. It will explain how data supports evidence-based research, describe how to find and understand different data sources, and provide practical tips and methods for using and sharing data. The fourth part of the series will be an interactive learning lab to practice data-related skills.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This webinar will introduce and discuss data concepts relevant to substance use prevention. Through the lens of SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), it will introduce the different ways prevention professionals can use data. The webinar will also summarize the different types of data relevant to prevention efforts and explain why data is critical to building the field’s evidence base. Additionally, it will identify the elements and explain the importance of a comprehensive needs assessment. Lastly, it will introduce the importance of effective and ethical data communication by prevention professionals.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain how data supports prevention planning and programming
  2. Recognize the different types of data relevant to prevention
  3. Identify the elements of a needs assessment and their uses
  4. Understand the importance of data communication to the community and partners

 

This is a 4 part series- be sure to register for all parts!

Part 1: What Is Data and Why We Use It
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Part 2: Collecting, Prioritizing, and Managing Your Data
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Part 3: DIY Data for Prevention Professionals
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Part 4: Practicing Your Data Skills Learning Lab
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PRESENTERS

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.

 

Emily Patton, MSEmily Patton, MSc, PgDip holds a Masters of Science in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology from Swansea University and a Postgraduate Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Edinburgh. She offers significant professional experience in the fields of public policy development and analysis, criminal justice research, data collection and analysis, program development, and performance management.

 

 

Olivia StuartOlivia Stuart, MSW  supports the training & technical assistance (T/TA) team in the development and delivery of knowledge translation products across multiple projects. In this capacity, she assists with webinars, literature reviews, and infographics on a range of behavioral health topics. Prior to joining Carnevale Associates, Olivia interned with the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center where she supported projects to reduce inequities in the criminal justice system. Olivia also served as a Graduate Research Supervisor at George Mason University and worked for several years in LGBTQ+ advocacy and fundraising. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from George Mason University.

 

Jamie Comstock and Robin CarrJamie Comstock and Robin Carr founded Info Inspired in 2014, after many years of designing and giving presentations with no formal training in this area, and watching their public health colleagues struggle with the same skills gap.

Both are certified prevention specialists with 30 years’ combined experience in the field.

They’ve spent the last several years researching and testing ways to not only capture and hold an audience’s attention, but to also inspire audiences. They’ve spent countless hours refining the presentation planning process, identifying free resources, and learning how to maximize the tools they already had.

It’s also important to know that they aren’t graphic designers, artists, or especially tech savvy. Everything they do, you can do too.

They’ve presented at the Community Anti Drug Coalitions of America’s Leadership Forum, the Maine Public Health Association Annual Meeting, the New England Institute of Addiction Studies, the New England School of Best Practices, and provided training and technical assistance to non-profit organizations throughout New England. They have been featured on the Organizing for Change podcast and have an on-demand webinar available through the New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center.

 

 


*CONTACT HOUR ELIGIBILITY

In order to be eligible for the 1.25 contact hours/certificate of attendance, you must join the live webinar in the Zoom platform.

Certificates must be requested within one week of the event and will be processed within 30 days.

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.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

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: Feb. 22, 2024 11:00 am
Ends: Feb. 22, 2024 12:30 pm
Timezone:
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Registration Deadline
February 22, 2024
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