This four-part webinar series will explore how syringe services programs (SSPs) can use monitoring and evaluation (M&E) to better serve their clients and communities. M&E includes the collection, management, analysis, reporting, and use of program data to inform program planning and improve program efficiency and effectiveness. M&E can help SSPs better identify, respond to, and anticipate community needs; address gaps in service provision; and identify areas for growth. SSPs can also use M&E data to demonstrate their impact or address community concerns or opposition to harm reduction, which can be useful when applying for funding, strengthening community partnerships, or influencing local policies and regulations.
Each webinar in the series will feature speakers from SSPs across the country, who will discuss their M&E systems including what data they do (and don’t) collect, how they collect it, how they use it, and how their findings are shared back with their clients and larger community. The series will highlight diverse models for SSP M&E and how SSPs tailor their M&E systems based on their organizational structures, services, resources, goals, and communities.
Part 1: Client-Centered Models for SSP M&E
The first webinar, which was held on May 13th from 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET, included speakers from the Red Door Clinic (Minneapolis, MN) and People’s Harm Reduction Alliance (Seattle, WA), who presented an overview of their M&E systems, including the ideas behind their system design, how they’ve adapted their systems over time, and how their M&E systems helps them evaluate and improve their programs and services to ensure they are meeting their clients’ needs. Access the recording here. You can also access slides from NACCHO/University of Washington and the Red Door Clinic.
Part 2: State-Wide Models for SSP M&E
The second webinar, State-Wide Models for SSP M&E, will be held Thursday, September 30th from 1:00 – 2:15 PM ET and will include speakers from the New Mexico State Department of Health and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services who will present an overview of their M&E systems, principles behind their system design, how state regulation or policy shaped their system, and successes and challenges they’ve faced collecting and analyzing statewide harm reduction systems. To register, visit here.