Thursday, March 21, 2013

Understanding Evidence—New Online Training Tool for Violence Prevention


Free, interactive web resource developed by CDC to help you use evidence-based decision making as you work to prevent violence in your community.

Understanding Evidence is a new, interactive web resource developed by CDC that supports public health practitioners in making evidence-informed decisions around violence prevention. The goal of evidence-based decision making is to bring a high standard of research evidence into the decision making process while taking into account the contextual and experiential factors that influence decisions. This free, online resource offers practitioners and others working to prevent violence important knowledge and resources for using evidence in their decision making processes including how to:

1.      Define the multiple forms of evidence involved in evidence-based decision making

2.      Identify standards of rigor for best available research evidence

3.      Identify sources of and ways to collect best available research evidence, contextual evidence, and experiential evidence

4.      Identify key stages and characteristics of evidence-based decision making

Understanding Evidence is designed primarily for violence prevention practitioners, but anyone working to prevent violence in their communities will find the information useful including CDC grantees, researchers, program evaluators, technical assistance providers, and decision-makers.

How can I learn more?

CDC will be partnering with national violence prevention groups to host a series of webinars this summer on Understanding Evidence for technical assistance providers, practitioners, and communities working to prevent violence (formal announcements and registration information to follow).