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The Fundamentals of Understanding and Using Data in Prevention Part 4: Practicing Your Data Skills Learning Lab

March 7 @ 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.


The final part of the series is an interactive, collaborative learning lab. It will provide participants with opportunities to practice some of the information and skills learned over the course of the series. This learning lab will be structured around a series of group breakout sessions, where participants will work through exercises to address an example community scenario. Participants will be able to practice skills for finding, understanding, and sharing data ethically and effectively. Please note: Participant engagement is expected and encouraged for this learning lab.


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

  1. Identify opportunities for obtaining data
  2. Interpret and prioritize data findings
  3. Create data visualizations to support data stories
  4. Effectively and ethically frame and share data




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