Providing technical assistance to Great Plains Area tribes and programs in preventing and responding to methamphetamine and other illicit drugs, suicide, and domestic violence.
The Meth and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) and Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI) grants are funded by the Indian Health Service’s Division of Behavioral Health to promote the development and implementation of evidence-based and culturally appropriate prevention and treatment models for methamphetamine and suicide and domestic violence. GPTEC is funded to provide technical assistance within a few key areas to the MSPI Purpose Areas 1, 2, 3, and 4 and DVPI Purpose Areas 1 and 2 grantees.
The technical assistance provided by GPTEC will focus on establishing and monitoring baseline data relevant to their grant and focus area as well as the establishment/refinement of local data collection plans, both in line with the national evaluation plan for these grants. GPTEC will also be available to provide other technical assistance to funded tribes and programs as necessary/requested.
In FY2016-2017, GPTEC:
- Provided technical assistance to MSPI/DVPI grantees in-person and over the phone in preparing and refining their data collection plans, utilizing a template developed by GPTEC and ensuring an integration with IHS Division of Behavioral Health requirements;
- Hosted two webinars for MSPI/DVPI grantees in a series on implementing data collection plans in September, with two more planned for Fall 2017;
- Met with MSPI/DVPI grantees to discuss GPTEC’s role and answer questions during the MSPI/DVPI Pre-Conference Workshop in Oklahoma (August 15);
- Participated in regional project calls, when held; and,
- Provided other technical assistance to MSPI/DVPI grantees, as needed.
Data Collection Planning
In support of MSPI/DVPI grantees, GPTEC developed and provided technical assistance in utilizing a data collection plan template. This template and associated documents are available to download below. Please reach out to GPTEC for assistance with utilizing the template.
Data Collection Webinar Series
GPTEC has hosted two webinars in association with the MSPI/DVPI project (September 6 and September 20), with another two planned for Fall 2017. The webinar series includes discussion, technical assistance, and opportunities to ask questions about data collection, evaluation, and planning/management.
Webinars will be held between 10:00am and 11:30am MDT via zoom. To join each webinar, click here at the appointed time.
Videos will be made available on this page as soon as possible, so please check back for updates.
Indigenous Evaluation Framework
The American Indian Higher Education Consortium has developed an excellent Indigenous Evaluation Framework (LaFrance & Nichols, 2009) that describes evaluation and establishes a process for undertaking it that seeks to incorporate the unique factors associated with tribal communities. GPTEC may be able to print copies of the framework by request, but for immediate access, check out the online version here.