Praxis offers webinar and in-person training for programs organizing an end to violence against women in rural communities. 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.
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.


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

Community Assessment Institute

May 2 – 5, 2017
St. Paul, MN


Praxis guides communities in the use of community assessment based on Praxis Institutional Analysis methods to engage in institutional reform on behalf of survivors of violence against women. By focusing on how workers are organized to act on cases, community assessments uncover how complex institutions and systems either meet the needs of or produce negative outcomes in the lives of real, everyday people. Teams of advocates, community members, and agency representatives talk with survivors about their experiences with a system, talk with and observe people at work, map out the steps involved in processing cases, and review policies, forms, and case records. The process produces a road map for institutional change that will enhance safety and well-being for survivors and accountability of offenders.

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.

 Webinar training 

Receive quality training on institutional analysis, community assessment, and Safety & Accountability Audits over the internet.

Webinar connection and call-in information will be sent with registration confirmation. If you do not receive confirmation withing a few minutes of registering, check your Spam folder. Contact if you need assistance.

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.

Watch for future webinars!


Contact Maren Woods to learn more: 651-699-8000 x10.