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The Fundamentals of Understanding and Using Data in Prevention Part 3: DIY Data for Prevention Professionals

February 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Decades of research underscores the importance of strategically using data to guide substance use prevention efforts. Data is used in many ways, such as identifying risk and protective factors and current substance use trends, understanding the personal and societal consequences of use, assessing the impact of policy decisions on use, and informing prevention professionals about evidence-based practices. Accurate, comprehensive data allows us to understand the substance use landscape, the needs of our communities, and the most effective and efficient opportunities to use prevention resources.

This four-part webinar series will provide an overview of the importance of data in the field of substance use prevention. It will explain how data supports evidence-based research, describe how to find and understand different data sources, and provide practical tips and methods for using and sharing data. The fourth part of the series will be an interactive learning lab to practice data-related skills.


Looking for tips and tricks on how to present your data in a way that catches people’s attention and is easily understood? Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the Five C’s of Data: Chart, Color, Context, Clutter, and Composition. Through learning about the Five C’s, participants of this virtual training will gain skills to present data in a manner that best resonates with their audiences.


By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. 1. Choose the most effective chart for their data
  2. Use color for emphasis and action
  3. Show data in context for maximum (and realistic) impact
  4. Reduce clutter so data insights can be easily understood




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