I’ve begun to research the best way to collect data from all VISTAS and supervisors that are needed for CNCS Progress Reports. I’ve touched base with Ben Sheldon, a former VISTA supervisor. He recommends Survey Monkey because it easily tracks who has and has not completed their surveys. I might need to request funds for this, because a Pro account might be required to export data into excel. If this is too costly, and if I don’t see much difference between SM and Google Forms, I might stick with Google Forms. All work from summer 2011 VISTAs appear in the December 2011 Progress Report, so I’ll begin tracking this information down during October.
One event that happened since my arrival to Rhode Island was the VISTA Leader training in Indianapolis, IN. This was a four day conference with all VISTA Leaders from the country. We had great training in effective communication, conflict management, recruitment, resource sharing, and more. I walked away making some new contacts and even formed a group of leaders interested in continuing a discussion on effective ways of communicating with your VISTAS and how we can all share our resources online.