Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $600,000)
The proposed project will enhance the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Victim Services’ statewide technological capacity to provide training that supports the provision of high quality and responsive victim services, protect victim confidentiality and support victim’s rights. The service area for the project will be the entire state of Michigan. Victims of crime in Michigan will be the beneficiary of the project. The goal of this project is to implement and maintain a website and Learning Management System that delivers up-to-date content, resources, interactive trainings, and networking opportunities that are WCAG 2.0AA compliant, readily available at any time of day, and meet the education needs of crime victim advocates throughout the state of Michigan to in turn ensure that they provide innovative, high-quality, responsive services to victims of crime. Primary activates and deliverables for the proposed project include: Conducting focus groups and needs assessment survey to identify gaps in technology and implement the strategic plan to enhance statewide technological capacities. Deliverables include a final report out of focus group data, final report out of Comprehensive Need Assessment (CNA) of VOCA-funded advocates and agencies across the state of Michigan. Implementing technological enhancement to improve the state’s technological capacity as relevant to victim services. Deliverables include website and Learning Management System, a 6-part interactive confidentiality course, a training course on providing services to underserved, unserved, and marginalized communities, additional trainings based on evaluations and identified priorities from the Comprehensive Needs Assessment and focus groups. Continuing collaboration with community stakeholders, victim service providers, subrecipient organizations, and other allied professionals on the technology needs of the state. Collaborative partners include the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, Uniting Three Fires Against Violence, the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Association of Michigan, the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards, and community-based victim services organizations across the state. Conducting comprehensive assessment to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. Deliverables include training specific evaluation tools. website/Learning Management System accessibility audit protocol. Performing data collection and participating in evaluation activities to determine if the program is meeting stated goals and objectives. Deliverables include yearly training evaluations reports for each delivered training.