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 four 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.
As a participating project site, we ask that you complete the following steps:
1. Complete a pre-survey provided by our research staff.
2. Review material during your designated time period. Watch four 15-minute program improvement training sessions or review slidedecks and transcripts.
3. After viewing each training, complete a short attendance survey. Each person who watches a webinar should complete the survey for each training.
4. Complete the (optional) training checklists and skill-building exercises listed below under each training session description as “Checklist” and “Skill-building exercise”.
5. Participate in one 2-hour site visit (time to be determined)
–You will receive a recommendation report from WSC after completion of WebEx meeting.
–The report will summarize important observations made during the site visit and recommendations for program improvement.
6. Participate in a 20-minute follow-up conversation over the phone about the usefulness of the recommendation report to identify any program improvements made (WSC schedule to be determined).
7. Participate in an open-ended interview with the research staff about the technical assistance and training intervention (if requested by the research team).
8. Complete a post-survey provided by our research staff.
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.
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.
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.