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Building Prevention Capacity Using Online Conferencing. Wendi L. Siebold, MA, MPH Senior Research Associate EMT Associates, Inc. 1752 NW Market Street, #402 Seattle, Washington 98107. Focus for Today.

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building prevention capacity using online conferencing

Building Prevention Capacity Using Online Conferencing

Wendi L. Siebold, MA, MPH

Senior Research Associate

EMT Associates, Inc.

1752 NW Market Street, #402

Seattle, Washington 98107

focus for today
Focus for Today
  • Learn specific ways to utilize online training as a prevention capacity-building tool across long distances
  • Understand ways that online learning can facilitate project collaboration between rural and urban communities
basics of online conferencing
Basics of Online Conferencing

What, when and how to use it

what is online conferencing
What is Online Conferencing?
  • Online technologies provide the ability to participate in training courses and discussion groups with a live trainer or consultant directly from the participant’s own computer
  • Also provides the ability to have up to 15 students in a virtual classroom or hundreds of attendees in a meeting
effectiveness of online conferencing
Effectiveness of Online Conferencing
  • Online meetings and trainings are:
    • Accessible
    • Understandable
    • Helpful for building stakeholder relationships
    • Useful for building their knowledge and skills
    • Useful to their work
going green
“Going Green”
  • Automatic calculator tracks CO2, cost, and travel reductions accrued by meeting online rather than traveling
when to use online conferencing
When To Use Online Conferencing
  • Use on a project-by-project basis, and objectives are tailored to the needs of each project.
  • In general, online conferencing has the following objectives:
    • Participant learning of new skills and knowledge
    • Facilitate collaboration between project partners
    • Utilize a mixed learning style environment to facilitate increased capacity building
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When To Use Online Conferencing
  • Large meetings
    • www.emtevents.orgcan host up to 1000 participants at one time.
    • Good for distributing information to large groups.
    • Use the ‘chat’ feature for feedback and discussion.
  • Small meetings
    • can host up to ___ participants.
    • Good for more interactive conversations, shared web or document browsing.
connecting rural communities
Connecting Rural Communities

Using online conferencing for smaller group meetings and collaboration

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Connecting Rural Communities
  • The accessibility of online conferencing makes it an ideal tool for rural and isolated settings
  • Connects across geographically isolated communities
  • Allows for meetings that would otherwise be canceled due to budget limitations (e.g., government partners)
  • When connected with other online networking sites (like SharePoint or My Prevention Community), it is a cost-effective way for practitioners to access resources and build relationships nationwide
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Connecting Rural Communities

The myth of inaccessibility

  • Rural communities are often the most well connected to the internet – cable and internet are a lifeline to the “outside world”
  • Internet usage can play an important role in building social capital in rural communities
  • Outages happen, but they are rare
    • Dillingham, Alaska compared to Kiana, Alaska

For more info see: Cook-Craig, P., Lane, K., Siebold, W. (Submitted). Building the Capacity of States to Ensure Inclusion of Rural Communities in State and Local Primary Violence Prevention Planning. Journal of Family Social Work.

Stern, M. and Adams, A. , 2008-07-28 "Do Rural Residents Really Use the Internet to Build Social Capital? An Empirical Investigation" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, Radisson Hotel-Manchester, Manchester, New Hampshire. 2009-05-23 from

highlights from emt s rural projects
Highlights From EMT’s Rural Projects
  • EMT is using online conferencing to build the capacity of prevention practitioners and stakeholders across Alaska, Montana and Washington
what type of projects
What type of projects?
  • Alaska & Montana
    • Domestic violence prevention project – builds preventing planning and evaluation capacity of local domestic violence agencies, community coalitions, and state coalitions
  • Washington
    • Convening statewide advisory group of domestic violence agency Executive Directors to review and revise state standards for emergency shelters
how was it used
How was it used?
  • Monthly Coordinator Calls (6 locations per meeting)
  • Monthly “Technical Assistance Trainings”
  • Quarterly State Steering Committee Meetings
  • Special Workgroup Meetings


what capacities were built
What capacities were built?
  • How to conduct a local and state needs assessment
  • How to interpret local and federal data
  • Writing goals and outcome statements
  • Developing logic models
  • Introduction to process and outcome evaluation
  • Introduction to survey design and data collection
  • Organizational capacity-building for prevention
  • Asset Mapping: Explanation and Examples
  • Group Facilitation Methods: An Overview
  • Introduction to “Getting to Outcomes” and Empowerment Evaluation
coolest features of these trainings
Coolest features of these trainings
  • Interactive graphics – highlighter and pointer
  • Shared web browser
  • Record the meeting
  • Cache of meeting resources and materials to link to later (connect with SharePoint or My Prevention Community)
  • Pictures brought us together
  • “Chat” builds community and keeps participants engaged
what did workgroups do
What did workgroups do?
  • Viewed internet data sources for prevalence statistics and demographic data
  • Revised goals and outcomes of state prevention plan
  • Viewed example prevention curricula and campaign materials
  • Reviewed table of data sources and evaluation measures
  • Hosted guest speakers and expert trainers
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How was it used?
  • Reviewed findings from statewide data collection
  • Reviewed draft revisions to state standards
  • Project updates and debriefing
  • Pictures of participants are mandatory for small meetings
  • Use all the bells and whistles (major strength of online conferencing)
  • The leader of the call needs to be familiar with the features of the technology
  • The call is only as good as the expectations set for it
  • Helps to have one facilitator (to engage in conversation) and one organizer (to field technical questions on the side)
  • Don’t “over explain” the technology – train your group and go from there
  • Always make a hard copy of the meeting materials available prior to the meeting. Consider numbering the presentation slides.
  • Tell participants if you are recording the meeting, and how they can access the recording later
  • Remind people they can access meeting materials from their invitation (and follow-up) emails
  • Keep slides simple, pictures are okay
emt media
EMT Media
  • Go to for training video clips you can embed into your personal website (even FB!)
  • iLinc offers trainings
  • can host up to 1000 participants at one time

Contact information:

Wendi Siebold, Ph.D. Candidate