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Evaluation of UW-Madison suicide prevention trainings
Suicide prevention trainings are an essential part of suicide prevention efforts on college campuses. UW-Madison offers suicide prevention and mental health promotion trainings in different forms. These trainings are based on other evidence-based trainings. At this time, UW-Madison has yet to formally evaluate the effectiveness of the trainings we offer.
University Health Services (UHS) is collaborating with Joe Orovecz, M.Ed., to administer the first longitudinal evaluation of our suicide prevention trainings. Orovecz works with UHS Suicide Prevention Coordinator Valerie Donovan, M.S., to conduct and complete the evaluation by the end of the 2018-2019 academic year.
Structure of the Evaluation
All individuals who attend a suicide prevention training offered by UHS between August 2018 and October 2018 will be asked to participate in the evaluation which consists of three surveys, each taking approximately five minutes to complete.
The first survey will be sent via email link approximately 72 hours before an individual attends the training. Paper copies of the survey will be available for participants without an email address.
A second survey is sent to participants 24 hours after they complete the training. This survey takes less than five minutes to complete and will be available for one week.
Participants will receive a reminder email for the first and second surveys approximately 24 hours before the survey closes.
The final survey will be sent at the end of the fall 2018 semester and will be available until the end of the first week of the spring 2019 semester. A reminder email will be sent approximately one week after the final survey is initially emailed. An additional reminder will be sent at the beginning of the spring semester.
Advantages of Participating in the Evaluation
Individuals who attend a suicide prevention training from August 2018 through October 2018 and complete all three surveys will be eligible to win one an Amazon gift cards valued at $20. Everyone who completes all three surveys will be entered into a random drawing to win one of 25 available gift cards. The drawing will take place at the beginning of the spring semester after the deadline for completing the final survey passes. Winners will be emailed a link to redeem their gift card.
Completing the survey helps UHS Suicide Prevention programs and the campus Suicide Prevention Council determine effective programming and ultimately help to prevent incidents of suicide at UW-Madison.
Participation is Voluntary
Training participants are not required to complete the evaluation. If you choose to complete the evaluation, you may discontinue your evaluation at any point during the evaluation period. If training participants choose to participate in the evaluation but wish to discontinue their participation, they may do so at any point during the survey or evaluation period. Participation in the evaluation—or lack thereof—is in no way connected to an individual’s official UW-Madison roles or responsibilities.
People Involved in the Evaluation
The primary involved in this evaluation are Joe Orovecz and Val Donovan. Orovecz’s advisor is Dr. Stephanie Budge and providing oversight for the evaluation and analyses. The UHS Suicide Prevention Graduate Assistant, Rachel Dyer, will also provide support for the evaluation under the direction of Donovan. Employee Assistance Office Director Sherry Boeger may assist for trainings conducted in collaboration with the Employee Assistance Office. Consultant Susan Fuszard, may assist with the evaluation.
Confidentiality of Responses
Responses to all surveys will remain confidential and stored on a secure server. The only people who will have access to complete individual responses are four UW-Madison employees involved in the evaluation process. If paper copies of the first survey are administered, the facilitator will ensure the security of participant responses until they are provided to Joe. Joe will enter the data from the paper copies into a file stored on a secured server. After the data is entered, Joe will destroy the paper copies. There may be other individuals who assist with the evaluation; however, no identifying information will be made available to these individuals.
The email addresses of training attendees will be used to send out evaluation surveys. These email addresses will also be used to connect participants’ three surveys to one another. Once survey responses are linked, this identifying information will be deleted. Only after email addresses are deleted will any analyses be conducted.
Dissemination of Outcomes
The outcomes of the evaluation will be formally documented in Joe Orovecz’s dissertation. The results of the evaluation may also be presented at local, regional, national, or international meetings and conferences. Results may also be published in academic journals and university reports.
Questions about the evaluation
Questions about the evaluation can be directed to Joe Orovecz at firstname.lastname@example.org.