The Fundamentals of Understanding and Using Data in Prevention Part 3: DIY Data for Prevention Professionals

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Date: Thursday, February 29, 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


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.



Looking for tips and tricks on how to present your data in a way that catches people’s attention and is easily understood? Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the Five C’s of Data: Chart, Color, Context, Clutter, and Composition. Through learning about the Five C's, participants of this virtual training will gain skills to present data in a manner that best resonates with their audiences.



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

  1. Choose the most effective chart for their data
  2. Demonstrate the use of color to emphasis action
  3. Describe data in context for maximum (and realistic) impact
  4. Reduce clutter so data insights can be easily understood


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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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.





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.



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. 29, 2024 11:00 am
Ends: Feb. 29, 2024 12:30 pm
Registration Deadline
February 29, 2024
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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