Sometimes it's the simple tools that can make a big impact. Take for instance the Decision Selection Matrix (PDF) from Performance Vistas. I talk a lot about prioritizing resources and energy expenditures (particularly for those of you without a lot of compensated hours for running programs), and this is another one of those small things (it's only a page!) that can have a big impact.
 
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Many people are creating their own trainings as a way to add staff and/or maintain team competency. If you're looking to implement your own educational programs (or just want to fine tune the ones you already have running), consider checking out the National Victim Assistance Academy's guide, The Ultimate Educator (OVC) and its fantastic chapter on Adult Learning (PDF).

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The International Association of Forensic Nurses is one of the best means of support for SANE program managers and their staff. If you are not yet a member, I really encourage you to join. Access to the SANE listserv, On the Edge, the Journal of Forensic Nursing and other member benefits can provide additional resources for any program. And I couldn't be more happy about the commitment IAFN has made to online continuing education.

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Google has created a Google for Nonprofits presentation channel on Youtube that has some great ideas for programs looking to better use the web.

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While in Seattle, I was talking to a colleague about a grant her program had received, and I realized there are a lot of basic questions people have about grants that are rarely discussed. We are quick to talk about how to obtain grants, how to write grant proposals, how to find grants. But that's about it.
 

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Sadly, this week's Friday Q&A fell through, so I don't have one for you today. However, I am looking for additional  coordinators who want to be featured in this segment. If you're interested, please fill out the attached questionnaire and return it to me. Answers should be concise and as glib or serious as you'd like to make them.
 
Looking forward to hearing from you!

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Tomorrow, Dr. Rebecca Campbell will be in Seattle to talk about the impact of SANE programs on case prosecution. Evaluating program efficacy is a tricky issue. And while I encourage programs to define success in healthcare terms and not criminal justice terms (patient-centered, not prosecution-centered), there's certainly worth in considering how one discipline impacts another. I'm eagerly awaiting the publication of some of her latest research on the topic.

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Before I get on a plane for Seattle this morning, I wanted to talk briefly about cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA). It's the technique of selecting among competing wants when resources are limited, a position most SANE programs know well. Do we get a shiny new piece of equipment or do we send 5 nurses to SANE training? Do we add 8 more hours a week to our coordinator position or do we start paying call time? We have a lot of competing wants in our world, and often a paucity of resources.

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Let me start out with a full disclosure: Val is one of my very closest friends, and there was a time when I saw her more than my husband. One of the smartest moves I made during my tenure of running the DOVE Program was hiring her as my right hand. A couple years in to our partnership, I turned operations over to her and she's been the coordinator ever since.  DOVE is still my clinical home, and I get to spend time in the unit a couple days a month, so I'm able to witness first hand the grace and good humor with which she manages the ups and downs of a busy forensic practice.

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Fieldstone Alliance just released their latest (and last) chart in a recent series on cushioning yourself against the economic downturn. They describe the chart as a review of engagement strategies, but in simpler terms, its a look at how programs can work with their communities, the agencies within their communities, as well as with each other, to get through the tough times.
 

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