Training & Capacity Building

We offer training and technical assistance using cutting edge technology and engaging styles of presentation and teamwork. Our director, Wendi Siebold, is a nationally sought-after trainer in applied evaluation and prevention planning. Senior staff is trained in group facilitation methods by the Institute for Cultural Affairs (ICA), and we have years of experience facilitating both large and small group meeting and planning processes.


Past trainings include:

  • Analyzing Focus Group Data

  • Using your evaluation findings to make your prevention programming comprehensive

  • Continuous Quality Improvement

  • Getting to Outcomes

  • Empowerment Evaluation

  • How to conduct a local and state needs assessment

  • How to interpret local and federal data

  • Writing goals and outcome statements

  • Develop a logic model

  • Introduction to process and outcome evaluation

  • Introduction to survey design and data collection

  • Using theory in prevention

  • Organizational capacity-building for prevention


Blue Shield of California Foundation: Breaking the Cycle Statewide Evaluation

The BTC initiative is centered on funding current promising practices that address the intergenerational needs of California families and communities to break the cycle of domestic violence.  Our evaluation supports BSCF's goals to understand at the initiative level what can be learned about the funded approaches' potential for primary and secondary prevention of domestic violence.  An additional key question is understanding what resources these promising practices need to successfully evaluate their efforts in order to prevent domestic violence and sustain effective outcomes.

SPS serves in two vital roles on behalf of BSCF: 

  1. Provide TA to grantees on evaluation so they may collect evidence of project specific and initiative wide impact as well as data for program improvement.  This includes assessing the current capacity of each grantee to evaluate their prevention programming and tailoring technical assistance to grantee capacity, ensuring grantees are addressing initiative-wide indicators of multi-generational outcomes, and coordinating and providing TA to site-specific evaluators.  

  2. Cross-site evaluation to synthesize learnings of the two-generation approach and identify common outcomes across promising prevention approaches. The cross-site evaluation activities identify ongoing evaluation support needs, and technical assistance activities increase the capacity of grantees to answer project-specific and initiative-wide evaluation questions.

Tags: Foundation, California, Research, Evaluation
Tags: Alaska, Alaska Native Peoples; Behavioral Health Aides, Mental Health; Public Health; Violence Prevention; Community Responses To Crises, Asynchronous, Self-led, Tribal Organization 

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

SPS has been contracted by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Behavioral Health Department to develop and produce six e-learning courses that will be used by students training to become certified Behavioral Health Aides (village-based counselors; BHAs). These courses are predominantly delivered using an asynchronous, eLearning format, with SPS staff serving as both subject matter experts and instructional designers. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, ANTHC recently established a Registered Apprenticeship program for BHAs to work in community health settings, the first program of its kind in the nation. This program combines on-the-job training and learning in BHAs’ home communities with classroom instruction, of which eLearnings and other distance-delivered courses will be an integral part.

Tags: Alaska, Teen, Conference, Prevention, Community Impact

Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

SPS provides technical assistance services to the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (ANDVSA).  We support the annual “LeadOn for Peace and Equality” teen conference by facilitating planning sessions to set up the conference and evaluation sessions after the conference. We assist ANDVSA in planning a new evaluation approach to LeadOn strategy for the following year, with a focus on how ANDVSA can measure effects of LeadOn at the community level, including the impact of the community projects teens do as a follow-on aspect of the conference. 


We also provide technical assistance to ANDVSA to develop evaluation measures for grant recipients of prevention funding from the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Alaska.  We host statewide prevention calls for member programs to council them on best practices in violence prevention.  We assist in planning the annual Prevention Gathering for member programs and provide in-person support at the Gathering. 

Tags: National, Statewide Nonprofit Organizations, Local Nonprofit Organization, Prevention, Assessment, Organizational Planning, Strategic Planning, Statewide Nonprofit Organizations, Local Nonprofit Organizations, Funders

Prevention Capacity Assessment

SPS has been a national leader in the assessment of organizational capacity for prevention. We continue to provide trainings and assessments of organizational capacity for prevention, and are in the final stages of testing a new online tool to assess the capacity of organizations to engage in the primary prevention of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Originally developed by our President, Wendi Siebold, SPS administered and analyzed a version of the assessment, called the “Coalition Prevention Capacity Assessment” with funding from the CDC Foundation as part of the CDC and RWJF-funded DELTA-PREP project. Findings from this pilot administration have been summarized for CDC’s capacity-building efforts with the 19 DELTA PREP-funded states. Psychometric analyses are being conducted to finalize this assessment for larger use within the field. Access the online toolkit for administering the PCA here.

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