This training program is by invitation only, and does not apply to all WSC sponsoring organizations. If you have any questions, please contact Robert Brader.
The WSC technical assistance and training for program improvement consists of five training sessions on topics related to key concepts and practices that sites need to incorporate in order to make informed decisions about how to improve their programs.
- Access and complete both evaluation surveys by the deadline
- Ensure the same program site staff complete both surveys
- Complete a short survey at the conclusion of each training session
- Complete training checklists and skill-building exercises Optional
- Complete an open-ended interview with the research staff about the technical assistance and training intervention if requested by the research team
Training Session 1 – Program Alignment
This training strand is designed to help sites ensure that: (a) they have effectively identified the community problem or need they intend to address; (b) the intervention they plan to implement (the program services and strategies) will “fix” the problem and lead to measurable progress toward their outcome objectives; and (c) sites assess whether or not they have achieved their outputs and outcomes. The strand helps them gain a clear view of the problem they intend to address, clearly articulate what they want to accomplish, make sure what they propose to do will help them accomplish it, and how to determine what they’ve achieved.
Training Session 2 – Evidence of Effectiveness
This training strand is designed to help sites understand how evidence of effectiveness builds understanding about whether or not a specific intervention is likely to fix the problem the site is addressing. This understanding will lay the groundwork for sites to analyze the effectiveness of their own strategies and services as well to determine the potential effectiveness of strategies they are considering implementing in the future.
Training Session 3 – Data Collection and Use
This training strand is designed to improve sites’ understanding of using performance measure data (data on outputs and outcomes) to inform data-driven decision-making.
Training Session 4 – Data Collection Strategy
This training strand is designed to help sites ensure that they write and effectively implement a data collection plan for what data they will collect, how they will collect it, how they will use the plan to improve the collection of high quality performance measure data, and ultimately how the plan can be used to improve programming.
Training Session 5 – High Quality Data
This training strand is designed to improve sites’ ability to collect high-quality performance measure data as a standard approach to assessing the quality of performance measures data reported WSC. In turn, this helps sites strengthen their programming. High quality data is a critical element of sound organizational decision-making, operations, and strategic planning.