265277 Building and measuring an effective online prevention community of practice: PreventConnect's sexual violence and domestic violence prevention practitioners learn from each other online

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

David S. Lee, MPH , California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Sacramento, CA
Kym Dorman, MPH , Harder + Company Community Research, Davis, CA
Kristi Koumjian, MA , Harder+Company Community Research, Davis, CA
Communities of practice bring together people who share common professional learning goals. PreventConnect is a national community of practice that transcends geographic limitations by bringing practitioners together online to improve violence prevention practice, share resources, and work together to build a vibrant peer network. Through web conferences, blogs, social media, wikis, podcasts and email groups, prevention practitioners have worked together to advance their professional skills since 2005. While evaluation of communities of practice is still developing, a recent assessment of PreventConnect proposes bold measures and innovative methods to explore how its online activities are contributing to a national movement. Through a web based participant survey, video testimonials, and interviews with end-users of PreventConnect and other national leaders in prevention, the evaluation showed how this community of practice facilitated improvements in violence prevention practice. In particular, it explores how PreventConnect increased organizational policies and procedures related to primary prevention efforts, increased local primary prevention community efforts, and increased collaborative among the community of practice.

Learning Areas:
Communication and informatics
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related education
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to describe a community of practice to improve their implementation of community-based prevention efforts. Participants will be able to identify how the community of practice influenced prevention practice Participants will be able to identify successful measures used to evaluate this community of practice.

Keywords: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the principle of federal and state funded grants on sexual violence and intimate partner violence prevention programs
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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