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What is the FRIENDS Online Learning Center?

The FRIENDS Online Learning Center is designed to provide high quality, subject-specific training free of charge for CBCAP State Lead Agencies, their grantees, and others. The Online Learning Center offers accessible continuing education and professional development opportunities available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Learners can complete each course in a single sitting or stop and then return to the course at their convenience.

What courses are available in the FRIENDS Online Learning Center?

FRIENDS currently has courses in a number of areas for prevention practitioners. Please click on the course name below for a description or click launch to enroll/enter the course.

Data 101 – An Introduction

In Module 1, Data 101 answers the question: What data do I need to plan, implement, and evaluate Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) Programs? This course also helps program staff understand why prevention programs should collect data, how to identify the data they need, and best-practices strategies for data collection.

Module 2 explains how logic models, critical tools for developing an evaluation plan, can be used to identify data needed. Students will learn how each component of a logic model — components such as population served, resources, services, outcomes,  and theory of change — can suggest which data should be collected to measure program fidelity and program success.

At the end of the two modules, learners will be able to:

  • Define how the word data is used in the Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) community
  • Describe why it is important for CBCAP programs to collect data
  • Identify purposes for which data are used
  • Identify the specific data needed to understand program outcomes
  • Identify appropriate sources of data—including evaluation tools
  • Describe best practices in data collection

What is the cost to access this training?

FRIENDS provides this training free of charge.

New Online Learning Center courses are announced on our listserv. You can join by sending a blank email to and your email address will be added. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose.

The FRIENDS website, has an extensive library of resources and information on topics such as: collaboration, continuous quality improvement, evaluation, evidence-based programs and practices, parent leadership, protective factors and maximizing resources. Please come and visit our website.