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We offer a number of ways for grantees to connect with experts in the field, to learn from each other, and to be exposed to some of the best materials in the field of domestic violence intervention. Check this page frequently for information related to upcoming events.

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2014 Community Assessment Institute

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


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: 

  • Determine the scope of your assessment given local resources
  • Utilize the basic elements of an assessment in your OVW-funded project and adjust for the politics of your community
  • Analyze different types of text that impact outcomes for victims (reports, forms, policies, recommendations, transcripts, etc.)
  • Conduct effective, engaging and informative interviews with key interveners 
  • Get the most out of an observation of practitioners' work (such as 911 dispatchers, law enforcement officers, etc.)
  • Conduct focus groups to glean insider knowledge and insights
  • Facilitate interagency team meetings and data analysis sessions
  • Draw 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 available.

OVW grantees must receive prior approval from your OVW Program Specialist to attend this institute. 


Check back for registration to be released in February 2015.

What past participants have said about the institute
  • This 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 with dispatch.
  • The 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.

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 if you need assistance.

Long distance charges to participate can be paid for with you OVW set-aside training funds.

2nd Wednesdays of each month. All sessions are from 2:00 - 3:15 pm Central Time.

Watch for 2015 webinars 

Incorporate this process into your next OVW grant application - solicitations will be open soon!

Contact Maren to learn more: 651-699-8000, x10

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