ENHANCED Training Program

The SKIPP Project is conducting its 2nd ENHANCED training program, from Fall 2018 to Spring 2019, to facilitate application of knowledge and skills for teams of child and youth injury and violence prevention practitioners in Wake County, NC. 

Twenty participants represent four teams that are focusing projects on two Wake County leading cause of child/youth injury issues, with three teams focused on assault/violence prevention (e.g., gun safety, survivors of homicide, and positive parenting) and two teams focused on youth self-inflicted/self-harm (e.g., bullying/suicide prevention).  

Participants attended an in-person orientation session on June 21, 2018, and the first in-person session for the program occurred on October 9, 2018.  Summaries of each session and participant feedback summary are available by clicking the links below:

The second in-person session for the program is scheduled for December 11, 2018.  Dates for the third and fourth sessions are to be determined.

To read a Summary of Participant Feedback provided about the 2016-2017 ENHANCED Training Program, please click here.  

Program Overview
For a PDF version of the ENHANCED Training Program summary below, click here.

The ENHANCED training program: 

Uses a team-based learning approach:  participants will apply to and work as teams during the program.

Emphasizes peer learning:  teams will participate in facilitated exercises to encourage peer learning and networking across the participating teams, offered in a supportive environment.

Supports real-world projects, products, or outcomes:  teams will identify/complete activities designed to address their current work or future efforts.   Each team will identify its program-ending product or outcome.

Offers technical assistance (TA):  teams will receive coaching assistance from SKIPP staff (at, and between, in-person ENHANCED program sessions) to apply learning to the team’s real-world projects.

This is not a traditional ‘workshop style’ learning experience!  ENHANCED provides opportunities for learning during and between four, 5-hour in-person sessions held from Spring to Fall 2018.  Learning, activities, and materials will be tailored to the needs of teams selected to participate in the program.

Detailed Information

This section provides answers to questions you may have about the ENHANCED training program…

1.  How will ENHANCED help me, my organization, or my Wake County community?

o   It can give you the opportunity develop and receive feedback on a current program and/or new injury/violence prevention project or program idea.

o   It can provide your team assistance in designing a project evaluation. 

o   It can help your team consider how to start and/or maintain a coalition.

o   It can help a team consider opportunities for policy and/or systems change approaches, including advocacy and communication needed to achieve those changes.

o   Above all, it will provide you dedicated time to work with colleagues on a real-world project (i.e., something you are already doing for your job!), which will allow for increased networking, information sharing, and peer learning/feedback about Wake county-wide efforts to prevent child and youth injury and violence! 

2.  What will the ENHANCED training program offer…

o   Free/local learning opportunity for new or existing teams (e.g., coalitions, partnerships, committees, or groups formed explicitly for SKIPP). 

o   Emphasis on skill application through facilitated peer learning for real-world projects addressing childhood injury and violence. 

o   Peer learning occurring in multiple supportive formats:  in-person sessions; distance-based (e.g., email, conference calls); and tailored technical assistance (TA) and coaching to teams between in-person sessions.

o   Structure and tools to keep your team moving forward with this thinking and progress

3.  Who should apply…

o   Existing or New teams of 3-5 people from and/or working in Wake County (first priority).  If possible, teams having at least one member, who participated in the SKIPP CORE training series, are preferred.

o   Representatives from organizations that support Wake County, regional, or state-wide childhood injury and violence efforts (will be welcomed on a space-permitting basis).

o   Please contact Robert Letourneau (919-966-3920 or Robert_Letourneau@unc.edu) if you have any questions about forming a team (or if you don’t currently have a team but would like to join one).

4.  How much time will my participation in ENHANCED take…

o   The program will require team member attendance at four, 5-hour in-person sessions between Spring and Fall 2018. 

o   Sessions #1 and #2 will occur on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 and Thursday, June 21, 2018.  Sessions #3 and #4 will be determined at a later date.

o   Teams will be encouraged to participate in regular (e.g., monthly) team technical assistance calls with SKIPP staff (i.e., 4-5 hours over six months).

o   Based on the initiative and goals set by each team, teams are encouraged to schedule and participate in additional team calls/meetings (e.g., to check-in on progress, plan, and/or prepare for updates to be provided at in-person sessions).  The amount of time devoted to these additional team interactions depends on the enthusiasm and commitment of each team.

5. What results or outcomes are expected from ENHANCED teams…

o   Each team will work toward developing, implementing, and/or summarizing results for team-identified products or outcomes related to a real-world project. 

o   Team products or outcomes will vary, and could include, but are not limited to: 

Program Planning (e.g., logic models, action plans, timelines)

Injury/Violence Data for assessment and planning purposes (e.g., data collection instruments)

Coalitions (e.g., recruitment plan, mission/vision/operating procedures, facilitation)

Communication (e.g., message development, audience segmentation strategy)

Advocacy (e.g., stakeholder assessment, identify private requests)

Evaluation Plan for assessing project progress (e.g., indicators, collection instruments)

Sustainability (e.g., project proposal, report writing, manuscript development)

6.  How does a team apply to the ENHANCED training program…

o   One representative from each team must complete an initial application on-line here

o   SKIPP staff will conduct follow-up calls/emails with the team representative who completes the initial application, as needed, to learn more about the team, its focus, and members.

o   A follow-up application survey link will be sent to all team members identified in the initial application.  The follow-up survey will request more detailed information from each team member (e.g., contact Information; titles; relevant training/degrees/ certifications; biographical information).

o   Once all team members have completed the follow-up application, and questions about the team are answered, SKIPP Project staff will notify teams if they are accepted to participate in the Fall 2016-Spring 2017 ENHANCED program.

o   Anticipated team notifications:  late March 2018


For additional information, please contact Robert Letourneau at