How are we doing?

As you know, we at ACT for Youth love to evaluate things and collect data. We are very interested in finding out what you are doing and how you are doing it.

Now we want to flip these questions and ask: How are we doing? Are we helpful? How can we be more helpful? Some of you may remember that a few years ago in first round of CAPP we asked you questions like that to evaluate our center and services. This time we have a slightly different plan.

Trainings first!

We have changed our training feedback form, as you may have noticed. We are asking a few different questions, mostly trying to gauge how well training content and resources can be applied to your work. Thank you all for filling out these open-ended questions.

Over the next few months we will contact participants of our core trainings–Training of Educators, Facilitation Fundamentals, Supervisor Training, Teaching Anatomy and Reproduction, and PYD 101–and conduct a brief interview to see if the trainings have been effective in enhancing your capacity to deliver evidence-based programs and meet other CAPP and PREP objectives.

Technical Assistance next!

Next year we will focus on assessing our TA approach. We are still developing ideas and approaches on how to do that. If you have any suggestions, please let us know.

In the meantime, we hope you will provide us with BRUTALLY HONEST and constructive feedback.

 

– Jutta

7 thoughts on “How are we doing?”

  1. I have been with CAPP since it’s inception and believe ACT for Youth does an amazing job with training and technical assistance. The ACT for Youth in-person trainings for EBPs are awesome and always inspiring. For those of us who have been around a while, and don’t need to attend those trainings, I would love to see occasional opportunities to see everyone in person, perhaps to share best practices.
    I do see a lot of webinar topics repeated (i.e. trauma informed care) and many webinars, while very interesting, do not directly relate to what we do. I am often excited by something I hear in a training only to realize my hands are tied in terms of including it in our practice because of fidelity standards. I know these are concerns you have heard before but thought I would start the conversation.

    1. I agree, I very much enjoy all of the trainings that I have attended with Act for Youth. Being that I am a newer educator I always enjoy going to an in-person training for both learning and networking purposes. The webinars are very interesting and informative but we are not always able to implement with Be Proud, Be Responsible due to fidelity. We are able to use some of the information with our TOP clubs because there is a little more flexibility. Maybe we can have some more topics on classroom issues like management or dealing with students who have different values and how to keep them from feeling uncomfortable. Thanks for all you do Act for Youth!

      1. Thank you for your kind comments, Crystal. We appreciate the feedback. And we’ll keep your suggestion about classroom management issues in mind. We recently did a webinar on this topic, but there are other factors to explore and research.
        Generally, when we plan webinars, we try to accommodate suggestions from providers. Often they are a bit broader than EBP implementation. Consider them background information about new developments or what’s happening with adolescents.

    2. Hi Christine,

      Thank you for your kind words. I also appreciate your concerns. You have been one of our long-standing CAPP providers so you have seen all the trainings. I do realize that it can be a bit frustrating. However, we see the need to repeat trainings and at times webinars, because we do see a lot of turnover in educators, but also to some degree in supervisors. We try to update material as often as possible.
      I like your idea of bring people together in person to network and share their experiences and successes. I think that this is possible to do in NYC, a little tougher Upstate NY. So stay tuned.

  2. I would like to ask if at least a few trainings could be brought to Suffolk/Nassau, rather than always having them in NYC. Sometimes travel from the east end of Long Island on the day of a training is 5 to 6 hours long on a good day and who knows on a bad day–not to mention extremely stressful as you may or may not even get a seat for the train ride in and back. This can make it difficult to concentrate on the topic being presented at a training. Lunch is also very expensive, and travel expenses may not be reimbursed right away.

    Another problem we have been faced with is that we are in program through much of the school year. While we have 3 team members who can facilitate program, often two programs are running at one time and the 3rd person needs to be available in case of sickness, an emergency, because the group we are facilitating is larger, etc. So, even if we register for a training, committing to attendance is not always easy.

    So, that was brutally honest–I still have a job, right? 🙂

    1. Hi Maria,

      I appreciate your honesty. I know it is hard for Long Island providers to get into the city for training. I’d be willing to consider a training day on the Long Island if we can work out the logistics of getting all the providers committed to attending that event. Let’s continue this conversation in the new year!

  3. Thanks for your comments, all! It sounds like we need to be sure to ask questions about how the trainings fit together and the context in which the trainings are delivered. Thanks for posting these thoughts, and getting the conversation started!

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