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2015 Community Assessment InstituteWebinar training on general institutional analysis topicsWebinar
series on the Domestic Violence Best Practice Assessment Guides
4-day annual training institutes for local
teams to be immersed in the full range of tools and methods involved in
community assessments as outlined by the Praxis
Safety and Accountability Audit
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
Community Assessment Institute
May 12 - 15, 2015, Saint Paul, MN
Drawing from The Institutional Analysis (formerly The Praxis Safety and Accountability Audit), this training teaches the
practical methods, skills, and strategies to coordinate and implement an
assessment of your community's response to violence against women. Community
assessment is an inter-agency team process that identifies ways to incorporate
safety and well-being for survivors and accountability for offenders into the
daily routines and practices of workers who intervene in cases involving
violence against women. Grounded in the experiences of survivors, this process
seeks to 1) identify how problematic interventions and negative
systemic outcomes arise, and 2) develop and implement recommendations for
long-lasting system reform.
Institute participants will learn how to:
the scope of your assessment given local resources
the basic elements of an assessment in your OVW-funded project and adjust
for the politics of your community
different types of text that impact outcomes for victims (reports, forms,
policies, recommendations, transcripts, etc.)
effective, engaging and informative interviews with key interveners
the most out of an observation of practitioners' work (such as 911
dispatchers, law enforcement officers, etc.)
focus groups to glean insider knowledge and insights
interagency team meetings and data analysis sessions
conclusions from the information collected and translates it
into new policies, procedures, training strategies, resource allocations,
supervisory and oversight practices, linkages, and job functions that
improve outcomes for victims
Who should attend?
Communities who are interested in learning more and those who
are planning to conduct a community assessment or best practice assessment are
strongly encouraged to send 2 people to this intensive institute: 1) an
individual responsible for coordination of an assessment, and 2) a key member
of the interagency team charged with implementing the assessment. Requests to
send more than 2 participants per community will be considered only if space is
OVW grantees must receive prior approval from your OVW Program
Specialist to attend this institute.
Publicity & fax registration
participants have said about the institute
brings to the forefront on my thinking the linkages between disciplines and
within agencies. If we are not in relationship, we fail victims and our
communities. I liked
the interactive group work the best - it kept me engaged and my mind active. I
also enjoyed the opportunity to experience local law enforcement and sits along
seamless weaving of different learning modalities - and how it mirrors the
process of an actual community assessment.
- I'm excited about all the ways we might apply
this assessment/these tools in our community the hands on exercises were great in
understanding the application of the analysis process.
- The array of presenters was awesome as they
brought their expertise and experience to share the training incorporated theory, framework,
instruction, demonstration, application, and process; very informative.
WEBINAR TRAINING ON GENERAL TOPICS RELATED TO INSTITUTIONAL ANALYSIS
Receive quality training on institutional analysis and community assessments over the internet.
Webinar connection and call-in information will be sent with registration
confirmation. If you do not receive confirmation withing a few minutes of registering, check your Spam folder. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance.
Long distance charges to participate can be paid with OVW set-aside training funds.
1st Tuesday of each month. All sessions are from 2:00 - 3:15 pm Central Time.
March 3Retooling your Coordinated Community Response: How Institutional
Analysis can Transform Your Approach to System Reform
A goal of many OVW grantees is to change institutional practices that
give rise to poor outcomes for survivors of violence against women. A Community
Assessment emphasizes understanding how work is organized in ways that impede
attention to victim safety and well-being and to offender accountability.
Practitioners and advocates work side by side to analyze policies, case files,
and the steps in case processing in order to identify concrete points of change
to improve case outcomes. This webinar will feature the work of one community
to assess how documentation of initial police response to domestic violence
calls aids subsequent interveners in domestic violence cases. We’ll also
discuss how they transitioned from assessment “findings” to implementation of
system changes to improve responses to domestic violence.
April 7The Audit Coordinator and The Team: Roles, Skills, and Responsibilities
A strong coordinator and a strong team are crucial
to successfully implement a Safety and Accountability Audit or Community
Assessment process. The coordinator is the mortar that holds the entire process
together, the glue for the team and the agencies involved in the assessment.
The audit team, made up of representatives from the response being analyzed as
well as representatives from related points of intervention, engages in data
collection and analysis and collectively develops the gap statements and
recommendations for changes to the system’s response. These individuals each
need a set of qualities and skills to contribute to the greatest potential of
the community’s engagement in the Audit. This webinar will provide an overview
of the key roles, qualities, skills, and responsibilities for audit team
June 2What does it mean that the audit
is “grounded in the lived experiences of
Audits are typically thought of as an external review process,
typically conducted by one or two individuals, that assesses the adherence to
existing policies and practices within a particular agency. A Safety and
Accountability Audit is quite different. It involves an interagency group of
practitioners including those representing the agency being audited. But a more
important feature of the Audit is the point of view of the inquiry: that of the
lived experiences of survivors of violence against women. Every aspect of the
Safety and Accountability Audit is designed to help the team create a dynamic,
3-D map to understand how survivors experience our interventions and how our
systems are organized to represent her experience. This webinar will help audit
team members and coordinators to maintain a vigilant focus on the survivor’s
experience: from forming the “audit question” to focus groups with survivors to
review of key agency records (such as police reports) to data analysis.
Using Community Assessment in
early 2013, the United Southeastern Tribes (USET) received a grant to conduct Safety
and Accountability Audits of the community response to domestic violence in two
affiliated tribes: the Eastern Band of Cherokee in Cherokee, North Carolina and
the Jena Band of Choctaw in Jena, Louisiana. Because of the small size
of the tribe and the lack of a formal
institutional response to domestic violence, the Jena Band of Choctaw Audit Team
decided to center their assessment process on the tribal members as the institution,
examining the tribe’s attitudes toward domestic violence and existing effective
sources of help for individuals affected by this violence. This webinar will
highlight the key strategies the Jena Band of Choctaw Audit Team employed for
conducting a Safety and Accountability Audit in the very close knit Tribal community.
WEBINAR SERIES ON THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BEST PRACTICE ASSESSMENT GUIDES
After over 30+ years of organizing, assessing, monitoring, and researching
911 through prosecution response to cases involving battering, we know a lot
about what works and what does not work to help keep victims safe and to hold
offenders accountable. The tools outlined in the Domestic Violence Best Practice Assessment Guides distill
this accumulated knowledge into specific guidelines for practice for 911
responses through prosecution charging decisions. Join us for one or all parts
in this series.
Assessing for Core Practices in Criminal Justice System Response to
Part 1: An Introduction to the Domestic Violence Best
Practice Assessment Guides
The Domestic Violence Best Practice Assessment Guides detail
a process for a community to engage in a review of the 911 through prosecution
charging response to domestic violence–related cases using checklists of core
practices. These core practices have been identified after working closely with
Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) grantees and other communities,
particularly those that have established coordinated intervention practices and
many that have completed Safety Audits. The process involves a relatively
narrow scope, small number of participants and limited data collection. It
relies heavily on a guided review of the official records, such as 911 calls
and patrol officers’ incident and arrest reports. This webinar will feature the
experiences of and key outcomes in two communities that have conducted such
Best Practice Assessment processes.
Part 2: The Official Record of Violence: Strategies for
Case File Review
A key activity detailed in the Domestic Violence Best
Practice Assessment Guides is policy and case file review. Case files are a
central organizing feature of any agency’s intervention in people’s lives:
forms, reports, records, etc. become the permanent record of the actual lived
experience. As such, review of case files is a crucial component of any assessment
of an agency’s response to violence against women. However, locating text,
securing agreements, addressing confidentiality issues, can sometimes pose
obstacles for communities interested in engaging in the Best Practice
Assessment process. This webinar will cover strategies that communities have
employed and tools available for paving the path to successful case file access
Part 3: Using the BPA Guides to Analyze Prosecution
Response to Battering
The Domestic Violence Best Practice Assessment Guides
outline a process that creates a to-do list of system reform. At the same time,
working relationships are enhanced, team members explore in-depth what one
agency needs from another, and an inter-agency process is learned that can be
used to assess any point of intervention. This webinar will feature the
successful application of the best practice assessment in a suburban
jurisdiction with a long-standing coordinated community responses (CCRs).
Contact Maren to
learn more: 651-699-8000, x10 with questions about how to incorporate this process into your next OVW grant