Part 1 of 3: Data Collection during COVID-19: Best Practices, Challenges, and Solutions

May 26, 2021 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Virtual Event
Pacific Southwest PTTC (Region 9)

A Three-Part Webinar Series, Part 1 of 3

Data Collection during COVID-19: Best Practices, Challenges, and Solutions

Part 1 Overview: Conducting Needs Assessments in Virtual Environment: Best Practices, Challenges, and Solutions 

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced prevention professionals to move their work into a virtual environment, creating numerous challenges including data collection. The first webinar of this three-part webinar series on collecting data online during a public health emergency will revisit the Strategic Prevention Framework’s (SPF) Step 1: Needs Assessment and describe its increased value during a public health emergency. We will explore general best practices for conducting needs assessments, and discuss methods and resources to support ongoing needs assessment given the current challenging environment, as well as strategies to sustain online data collection beyond the COVID-19 pandemic where it may be preferred than traditional in-person methods in some instances.

Part 1:  Webinar Dates and Times

States and American Samoa
Wednesday, May 26, 2021   Time Zone
04:00 p.m. – 05:00 p.m.        Mountain
03:00 p.m. – 04:00 p.m.        Pacific
12:00 p.m. – 01:00 p.m.        Hawaii
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.        American Samoa

Pacific Jurisdictions
Thursday, May 27, 2021       Time Zone
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.        Republic of the Marshall Islands
09:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.        Pohnpei and Kosrae
08:00 a.m. – 09:00 a.m.        Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Chuuk, and Yap
07:00 a.m. – 08:00 a.m.        Republic of Palau

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Part 2 and 3 – Save the Dates!

Part 2: Conducting Online Surveys: Strengthening your Survey Data Collection during COVID-19

States and American Samoa
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
03:00 p.m. – 04:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Thursday, June 17, 2021
See times above.

Part 3: Conducting Online Focus Groups: Best Practices and Innovations

States and American Samoa
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
03:00 p.m. – 04:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Thursday, July 15, 2021
See times above.


Community, tribal, jurisdiction, and state-level prevention practitioners and allied health partners and community members located in the Pacific Southwest states and jurisdictions of American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.


Dr. Sandeep Kasat Picture

Dr. Sandeep Kasat (MBBS, MPH), is a senior epidemiologist at Westat with over 15 years of experience in behavioral health epidemiology, especially as it relates to substance abuse, and using epidemiological data in strategic planning, and decision-making. He leads data analysis and dissemination activities on several projects at Westat. As former director of epidemiology on the Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) training and technical assistance contract, he has assisted all CSAP-funded states, jurisdictions, and tribes in using and analyzing data to highlight disparities and at-risk populations, create data-guided plans, select evidence-based strategies, inform policy and decision-making, and monitor and evaluate results to assess progress.

Cost: Free

Certificates of Attendance

Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance for 1.0 hour for participating in each webinar approximately 7-10 days after each event.

Part 1 Registration 

Register for the Webinar- Data Collection during COVID-19: Best Practices, Challenges, and Solutions: Part 1


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National Prevention Week May 9-15, 2021