The Using Data to Empower Arizona Communities training is designed to teach preventionists, community leaders and coalitions, policymakers, and other key stakeholders to utilize data and data websites including the Community Data Project to guide a data-driven decision-making process, including how to use data in needs assessments, grant writing, prevention and intervention planning, program evaluations, and conveying community needs to decision-makers. This training is offered free of charge, although sponsoring organizations may be asked to provide a training room with Wi-Fi, and assist with other logistics.
Module 1 Community Assessment and Data Foundations: This module prepares you to conduct your own community assessments, specifically regarding substance abuse prevention. It begins with an introduction of the Epi Work Group and the SAMHSA Strategic Prevention Framework model. It continues with an overview of Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-based (SMART) objectives, community assessments and how to decide what data and data sources to use. This training is available in an online webinar or as an in-person training.
Training Time: 90 minutes (1½ hours)
Module 2 Data in Action: Navigating Data Websites. This module shows how to access, download and interpret data for your own community assessments, specifically regarding substance abuse prevention. These descriptions provide a tutorial and walkthrough of online sources of secondary community data. Best practices for data accessing, downloading and interpreting are showcased in this module. This is an in-person training, participants need to bring laptop computers and training facility must have internet available for all participants
Training Time: 150 minutes (2½ hours)
Module 3 Using Data in Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation: This module prepares you to incorporate sustainable practices into all areas of your work. It begins with a description of data and continues with an overview of how to analyze and interpret data, and then how to use data. It then helps you better understand how to use analyses of data trends in your work and build logic models. Additionally, you are provided with an overview of how data can be used to create public awareness. This module also discusses using data to seek outside resources or funding (e.g., grants) and how to use data to plan future prevention and intervention programs. This training is available in an online webinar or as an in-person training.
Training Time: 90 minutes
Understanding the diverse state and communities in which we serve, several options exist for this training to be tailored specifically for the needs of your group, both in terms of emphasis on substance abuse related topics or geography of interest, and in terms of length of time spent hands-on with the trainers.
Trainings may be requested based on specific modules:
MODULE 1: Community Assessment and Data Foundations
MODULE 2: Data in Action: Navigating Data Websites
MODULE 3: Using Data in Program Planning, Implementation & Evaluation
Trainings may also be modified to meet organizational time restraints.
Options for Type/Length of Training
- 4 hour training – Participants will receive a condensed in-person training on modules 1 & 3 and the standard training on Module 2
- 4 hour training – Participants will receive the standard in-person training on Module 1 and 2. Participants may complete Module 3 online after the training.
- 4 hour training – Participants will receive the standard in-person training on Module 2 and 3. Participants may complete Module 1 online prior to the training.
- 2 ½ hour training – Participants will receive the standard in-person training on Module 2. Participants will be able to complete Modules 1 & 3 online.