Building the Prevention Workforce Skill-Base (Webinar Series) Part 2 of 6: How to Conduct a Needs Assessment⎯Step 1 of the Strategic Prevention Framework

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Part 2: How to Conduct a Needs Assessment⎯Step 1 of the Strategic Prevention Framework
Josh Esrick, MPP, and Emily Patton, MSc, PgDip

December 17, 2019, 1-2 PM EST  |  View all Central East series

This is part two of a six-part webinar series hosted by the Central East PTTC that focuses on the Strategic Prevention Framework and related topics.


This six-part webinar series developed by the Central East PTTC will support and build the capacity of the prevention workforce. The series is a skill building training that will detail the steps to implementing a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to prevention using the five stages of SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework: 1) Needs Assessment, 2) Building Capacity, 3) Planning, 4) Implementation, and 5) Evaluation. The series will explain the importance of each stage and what aspects of the strategic planning process they cover, techniques for completing each stage, and strategies for overcoming obstacles. This series will also discuss other relevant topics, such as: ethical approaches to prevention, how to prioritize data, and how to modify programs, among others.


The first step to implementing a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to prevention is to understand, to the fullest extent possible, the surrounding substance use landscape. This requires collecting, analyzing, understanding, and prioritizing data from multiple sources to develop a complete picture of the issues that need to be addressed. This webinar will describe how to conduct a substance use needs assessment, discuss potential data sources and how to access them, and explain techniques for analyzing and prioritizing needs assessment results. It will also walk through ways that technology can be used to support the needs assessment process.


  • Discuss the importance of conducting a needs assessment
  • Describe the key steps of a needs assessment
  • Discuss strategies for overcoming needs assessment challenges
  • Explain techniques for prioritizing results


Josh Esrick, MPPJosh Esrick, MPP is a Senior Policy Analyst with Carnevale Associates. Josh has extensive experience in substance use prevention; researching, writing, and presenting on best practice and knowledge development publications, briefs, and reference guides; and developing and providing T/TA to numerous organizations. He developed numerous SAMHSA Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies’ (CAPT) products on strategies to prevent opioid misuse and overdose, risk and protective factors for substance use, youth substance use prevention strategies, youth substance use trends, emerging substance use trends, the potential regulations surrounding marijuana legalization, as well as numerous other topics.

Emily Patton, MS

Emily 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.



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