|STAT: State Technical Assessment Team Program|
State Technical Assessment Team (STAT) Program
What is the STAT Program?
Launched in 2000, the State Technical Assessment Team (STAT) program is designed to assess injury and violence prevention within the state health agency, focusing on specific roles, relationships, and performance of the designated injury and violence prevention program. The goal of the STAT Program is to support the development, implementation and evaluation of injury and violence prevention efforts at the state health department level by conducting an on-site, point-in-time assessment of the injury and violence prevention program, and providing recommendations for improvement.
The assessment focuses on three core components of a successful state health department injury and violence prevention program, including infrastructure, data, and policy and program strategies. Please note that for purposes of the assessment, three cross-cutting components (training and technical assistance, partnerships, and communications) have been incorporated into the other components and will not be reported separately. For each core component, Safe States Alliance has developed standards and indicators that describe the conditions that should exist within an ideal, comprehensive state health department injury and violence prevention program.
The assessment often serves to refocus a participating state by requiring it to reflect on its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and barriers to success. The STAT process also serves to bring together different members of the injury and violence prevention community and allows individuals to share ideas for program development. The process provides a participating states with an outside perspective and important information it needs, which is often critical to moving a state agenda forward. In addition, the STAT process provides the team with the opportunity to learn about another state’s program and ultimately to share barriers encountered and successful strategies used among state programs.
Use of the word assessment in the title of this program is intentional. The STAT visit serves as an assessment, not an evaluation. The team describes the status of a program, taking into account its complexity and uniqueness. It reveals the program’s assets and identifies ways in which the program can focus its efforts in order to strengthen its core capacity to prevent injuries and violence in the state.
The program is funded by direct and in-kind support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, the Health Resources and Services Administration through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the Children’s Safety Network, and U.S. state health departments.
The basic steps of preparing for and receiving a STAT visit are:
Experiences thus far suggest that the STAT process is rewarding and valuable for both the injury and violence prevention programs receiving the visit and the assessment team members. States that have received STAT visits report a variety of benefits from the assessment, including:
Consider the following factors when thinking of applying for a STAT visit
Safe States Alliance announces the availability of STAT visits in the early fall each year pending receipt of funding. Applications are reviewed by a committee that selects the states to receive a STAT visit during the next fiscal year. Only states that are current in their Safe States Alliance membership dues are eligible to receive a STAT visit. State injury prevention programs interested in receiving a visit should call the Safe States Alliance office by late summer to request a visit and application materials. Learn more about how to apply for STAT visit.
Each STAT typically consists of six members -- a team leader, four team members, and a logistics coordinator. One team member will also serve as the deputy team leader. Occasionally, an observer may be selected to attend the STAT review as well. Team members are selected based on several factors, including expertise in core component areas, prior STAT experience, communication skills, and availability.
"The entire STAT process has been beneficial to our program – from preparing the advanced briefing documents to addressing the final report recommendations. The site visit elevated our program within our agency, as well as reinforced the shared commitment of our partners taking part in the interviews. The STAT team members were well selected and came with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Their final report highlighted our strengths and offered recommendations on how we can further enhance our program. Participating in the STAT visit has strengthened our program and our capacity for injury and violence prevention activities across the state. The value of the STAT visit and report is certainly worth the effort invested in the process."
-Elisabeth Long, MPH, CDC Core VIPP Grants Manager, Washington State Injury and Violence Prevention Program