44% responded networking and 46% responded that training was why they were active. 32% were also interested in community updates.
Why people arenít active in BISC-MI.
24% responded that the time, date and/or location of meetings were what prevented them from participation.
What respondents think BISC-MI does
80% identified BISC-mi as providing training. 26% identified BISC-mi
as monitoring programs and 6% identified credentialing as part of what
BISC-MI does. It is significant to note that 42% of the people who identified
themselves as active in BISC-MI believe BISC-MI monitors programs. 16%
of that same population believes BISC-Mi provides
Credentialing. There were several comments suggesting that BISC-Mi should or tries to provide these two services.
Why respondents choose to participate in meetings or trainings
58% were influenced by the topic, 56% by the speaker and 40%by the location. Cost was a factor for 28% of the respondents.
What respondents thought would be most helpful to them as members.
72% wanted advanced training only 18% wanted basic training. 38% wanted credentialing. 32% wanted increased court referrals and legislative activism.
What would encourage respondents to attend BISC-MI
54% felt that time and location of meetings would encourage their participation. 32% felt that networking and support would encourage their attendance28& wanted training credits.
How respondents wanted to be contacted
56% preferred email and 32% preferred regular mail. 18% preferred telephone and 10% preferred fax.
Familiarity with Website.
33% of the respondents were familiar with BIS-MIís Website and 27% had
Role of BISC-MI in CCR
66% felt should BISC-MI should promote victim safety. 60% felt BISC-MI should be increasing awareness of role of batterer intervention. 30% felt that BISC-MI should be politically involved.
First it should be noted that 48% of the respondents were victim service providers. This indicates an investment, on their part, in seeing BISC-MI as a viable organization. BISC-Mi should be looking at ways to build that alliance.
One of the notable strengths is the training provided. BISC-MI is seen as providing, this validates that our training efforts are recognized and meet a need. There was a strong preference for advanced training rather than basic. This may be a factor of who responded or may indicate that people feel there is enough basic training provided elsewhere and BISC-Mi should provide the more advanced trainings. Speakers and topic seemed to be the major factors that influenced participation as was training credit. There were several comments that BISC-MI should provide other credentialing CEUís and APA were specifically mentioned. This is something BISC-MI should research and try to provide to expand the base for training. I
The most disturbing component of the survey is the number of respondents who identified themselves as active in BISC-MI that believe the organization monitors and/or credentials programs. This indicates a need for us to clarify our role in the community both to our members and to those in the community at large. When this information is combined with an interest in legislative or political activism it indicates that perhaps BISC-MI should be taking an active role in getting standards mandated. There was also significant interest in BISC-MI providing some sort of credentialing.
Safety of victims was the number one role respondents felt BISC-MI should be providing followed by promoting awareness of the role of batter intervention programs. This has implications for the direction BISC-MI should take in development and in legislative activism. It is also a further indicator of the need to ally with survivor service organizations.
Time, date and location seemed to be major influences in regional participation. This is an indication that regions need to periodically evaluate if the time and date of their meetings is meeting the needs of their current members or the members they want to attract.
Another significant response was that 56% of the respondents preferred to be contacted by email. This indicates a need for BISC-Mi to reevaluate how we are going to incorporate technology into our growth while remaining sensitive to the fact that some people do not have access or desire to utilize that technology. It was also significant that only 27% of the respondents had visited BISC-MIís Website. This is a valuable resource and tool and BISC-MI should be looking at how to promote more use.
Jeffrie K. Cape
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