Mountain Plains PTTC Needs Assessment Survey Findings

The Mountain Plains - Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) conducted a training and technical assistance (T&TA) needs survey distributed to each of the six states (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming) in our region.  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


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