Hi Kate, thank you for your response! These are great questions. I believe one of our barriers to scaling is getting the word out about the series. We do have an email list that we regularly use to promote upcoming events and series, as well as a social media presence, however I believe exploring other promotional avenues would be helpful. Recently the series has touched down internationally; the series is available in Canada, and we are also working with folks in the UK, and even Poland to begin offering the series there. Also, the platform we use to run the series is called Zoom. Zoom is free to use, however with the free account, the amenities are somewhat limited. For example, with a free account, a user can only host webinars and meetings for up to 40 minutes. As we expand and have more people available to host the webinars, we would need to purchase more paid accounts on Zoom. As for testing retention of skills, another user commented here suggesting pre/post questionnaires, which I think is a great idea. We currently use these types of questionnaires for our other programs, and I believe they can easily be adapted to the Online Care Partner Series as well. Thanks again for your questions, Kate!
A pre/post questionnaire is a great idea. We do use these in some of our other programs, and I believe they could be easily adapted to reflect the material and flavor of the Online Care Partner Support Series. Thank you for your comment!
Hi Ruth Ann! Thank you for your comment! We're currently using the online webinar format because we wanted to reach people who may not be able to commute to a meeting location for one reason or another. We're now working on broadcasting the webinars in a location like a community center, where we can reach multiple people in one location. The Positive Approach team does also conduct training and information sessions in person, although the approach and set up are a bit different for these. I'd love to hear your ideas on other modalities! And yes, we are certainly interested in having this available in more languages. This would be a matter of finding and training bi-lingual folks who can then run the sessions. My wheels are turning with the possibilities!