The Institutional Analysis TA project offers a number of ways for communities to connect with experts in the institutional analysis, community assessment, and Safety & Accountability Audits, to learn from other communities who have implemented the process, and to be exposed to new and some of the best materials in the field of system reform on behalf of survivors of violence against women. Check this page frequently for information related to upcoming events.
Praxis offers webinar and in-person training for programs organizing an end to violence against women. We are committed to access and inclusion for our trainings, and strive to ensure all events are as accessible as possible for participants with disabilities, limited English proficiency (LEP), and Deaf participants.
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Receive quality training on institutional analysis, community assessment, and Safety & Accountability Audits over the internet.
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Long distance charges to participate can be paid with OVW set-aside training funds. All sessions are from 2:00 – 3:15 pm Central Time.
Tuesday, April 3
The Importance of a Multi-Disciplinary Audit Team
Rather than relying on the limited perspective of a single person or department, Praxis Institutional Analysis is conducted by a local interagency team that is made up of a set of experienced practitioners who respond to violence against women. The team’s roles include: the coordinator, one or more community-based advocates to represent the voices and collective experiences of survivors, one or more representatives of discipline(s) being analyzed, and representatives of key disciplines that are closely linked to the scope and focus of the analysis. Individual team members gather data and they also meet as a group to debrief data collection activities, analyze data collected, and explore and discuss the findings. The team helps to streamline implementation of changes recommended, but they have also learned a new way to identify and resolve problems in institutional case processing. This webinar will provide an overview of assembling, preparing, and working with a team to conduct an Institutional Analysis and will highlight team configurations and outcomes from several projects.
Tuesday, June 5
What is Best Practice for…Victim-Witness Services, Bail Setting, and Pre-Trial Release?
Many communities can now look back on a coordinated community response to domestic violence that spans twenty years or more. Still others are relatively new to the linkages, communication, relationships, and policy and practice changes that characterize a “CCR.” Regardless of where a community sits on this continuum, the ever-present question is: How are we doing? Are we making things better or worse? Are we centralizing and strengthening safety for victims? Do our efforts enhance or diminish offender accountability? What about the accountability of community agencies and systems for their response? What is the best approach to…? The Domestic Violence Best Practice Assessment Guides have been designed to assist CCRs in answering such questions. The guides detail a process for a community to engage in a review of the criminal legal system response to domestic violence-related cases using checklists of core practices, reflecting what is found in the Blueprint for Safety. This webinar will feature three new guides Praxis has developed to help teams assess their victim-witness services, bail setting, and pre-trial release recommendations. [link to newly published tools when released]
Tuesday, August 7
Mapping Your System’s Response to Violence Against Women
Based on the key interchanges between victims/survivors and practitioners, mapping is a critical tool of community assessment that can be used at any point of a coordinated interagency response to violence against women. It is particularly useful early on in Institutional Analysis to identify key points of intervention to be analyzed. The map provides a reference point to help guide the inquiry into where and how gaps in the response occur. Apart from a formal Institutional Analysis, mapping can also provide a catalyst to encourage intervening agencies to become more closely linked with one another and address gaps in practice. This webinar will feature how to conduct effective mapping exercises and how it can be used as a tool to bring key practitioners together to enhance coordinated community responses to violence against women.
Tuesday, October 2
Uncover Disparity: Safety & Accountability Audit Design and Data Collection
History, society, and peoples’ lives are complex. The factors that reinforce or diminish safety, well-being, and risk for victims of violence against women are also complex. There is no universal victim and there is no universal offender. Yet institutions frequently impose a “one-size-fits-all” response, cutting off avenues of potential safety and support. Praxis Institutional Analysis tools seek to understand where and how and for which victims an institutional practice is problematic. This webinar will feature strategies that several communities utilized for designing and implementing projects that focused on uncovering institutional processes that produce disparate outcomes for marginalized communities.
Tuesday, December 4
Supporting Safety Together: Reviewing Child Protective Services Policies, Forms, and Case Records
Supporting the Safety of Battered Mothers & Their Children Together: A Guide to Assessing Child Protection Practice in Domestic Violence-Related Cases is a new tool created by Praxis International for institutional change-oriented advocacy. It guides community teams of advocates, child protection representatives, and other stakeholders to collaboratively assess their child protective services response to the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child abuse. Toolkit 4: Examining Policy and Case Processing in the guide structures the heart of the practice assessment: discovering whether and how CPS practice recognizes and understands battering, ensures children’s safety by supporting their mother’s safety, and holds domestic violence perpetrators accountable for abusive behavior and for stopping the abuse. This webinar will provide an overview of the practice assessment, but will focus on the vital role of policy, forms, and case file examination in recommending changes that enhance outcomes for battered mothers and their children.
4-day annual training institutes for local teams to be immersed in the full range of tools and methods involved in community assessments as outlined by the Praxis Safety and Accountability Audit
No Community Assessment Institute currently scheduled. Watch for future announcement of the next Institute.
Previous Institute scope:
Community Assessment Institute
Institute participants will be immersed in a mock assessment to learn how to:
- Determine the scope and focus of your assessment given local resources
- Utilize the basic elements of an assessment and adjust for the politics of your community
- Analyze different types of text that impact outcomes for victims (reports, forms, policies, recommendations, transcripts, etc.)
- Conduct effective, engaging, and informative interviews with key interveners
- Get the most out of an observation of practitioners’ work (such as 911 dispatchers, law enforcement officers, etc.)
- Conduct focus groups to glean insider knowledge and insights
- Facilitate interagency team meetings and data analysis sessions
- Draw conclusions from the information collected and translate it into new policies, procedures, training strategies, resource allocations, supervisory and oversight practices, linkages, and job functions that improve outcomes for victims
What past participants have said about the Institute:
- It gave me a new framework to approach my work with CCRs.
- Loved the opportunity to ride-along with law enforcement.
- We covered all the steps in the process and practiced them. Experiential learning was amazing. Inclusion of representatives from law enforcement, survivors, etc.
- I liked the interactive group work the best – it kept me engaged and my mind active. I also enjoyed the opportunity to experience local law enforcement and sit alongs with dispatch.
- The seamless weaving of different learning modalities – and how it mirrors the process of an actual community assessment.
- I’m excited about all the ways we might apply this assessment/these tools in our community.
- The hands on exercises were great in understanding the application of the analysis process.
- The array of presenters was awesome as they brought their expertise and experience to share.
- The training incorporated theory, framework, instruction, demonstration, application, and process; very informative.
Contact Maren Woods to learn more: 651-699-8000 x10.