CCA Participant Feedback

Listen to this 6-minute interview with a participant in the April, 2019 CCA Workshop (remotely facilitated for multiple communities)

See these responses we got from the 2018 Community Coalition Accelerator event in Saginaw, MI

“It is very energizing to convene with so many other people who are passionate about addressing the opioid crisis.”

"Was a day full of useful information – that’s rare”

“Regional collaboration is key to solving the opioid epidemic. The community coalition accelerator program will facilitate this.”

“Inspiring & motivational…. Gave hope that change is possible.”

“Helped to refocus the community engagement process leading to effective practices and community change.”

89% agreed (44.74%) or strongly agreed (44.74%) that their organization will have the ability to play an active role in the action plans developed today.

This is very significant.  This workshop is about engaging community partners in action, and almost 90% of the survey respondents were engaged to work on the action plans developed in this workshop.


95% agreed (51%) or strongly agreed (44%) that participating in the accelerator program adds value to the work their organization does.

This is a day well spent to improve the success of organizations working to address the opioid crisis. 


100% agreed (46%) or strongly agreed (54%) that information presented in the breakout sessions was useful, and 67% strongly agreed that the discussions in the breakout sessions were useful.

This is the most unique design element of the CCA workshop, and in spite of learning some lessons on what we can do better (such as only have one break-out group per room so they are not distracted by each other’s conversations), the participant ratings were very high.  Keep in mind that these breakout sessions were facilitated by local volunteers who were coached in two Web-conference calls with Bill Barberg (the CCA workshop leader).  This remarkable score confirms the power of a structured process that engages the diverse groups in a local setting.  


95% of the respondents said they would participate in an event like this again.   0% said they would not.  5% were undecided.

These are busy people. And they invested a full day in this workshop.  We promised that we would not just talk more about the problem, but we would guide them through a process to enhance their teamwork and collaboration.

Feedback from the first CCA done in Florida

Dottie Baker of the Alachua County Health Promotion and Wellness Coalition engaged InsightFormation to conduct the first Community Coalition Accelerator program in December of 2017. She was so impressed that she nominated Mr. Barberg for the Health System Transformation Award that is given out by Communities Joined in Action (which he received). Ms. Baker wrote about the CCA: “It was extremely well attended, and there was an outpouring of appreciation and accolades for what he presented.” In the workshop evaluation, participants shared the following about the value they received:

“It gave our organization ways to help our grantees develop opioid programs. Big projects can be overwhelming, so learning how to break it down into manageable steps is crucial.” -- Alexia

“Understanding that the crisis can be fixed.” -- Carson

“Very innovative ideas for seeking funds.” -- John

“This structure of organizing for service delivery as a template that could be used to bring together a collection of coalitions for the topic in the Opioid Coalition Resource Hub.”—Helen

“This presentation displays framework beyond the standard logic models.” -- Kathleen

“Great concept for us to understand so that we can begin to tackle our very complex population health issues”. -- Patrick, Coalition Executive Director

Ms. Baker reflected on the value of this workshop: “Communities are starving for inspiration on how to approach the national [opioid] crisis. Mr. Barberg's contributions are not just valuable, but the timing is impeccable. He demonstrated practical examples that support the idea that everyone has value within the society and can make some contribution to our societal issues.”

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