VA Suicide Prevention 2.0
Program - Community Opinion Survey
collection (Request for a new OMB Control Number)
36 Months From Approved
The information VA is proposing to
collect does not currently exist. It will be used in order to
accomplish three aims: 1) collect baseline data on the knowledge
and attitudes of adult US citizens living in specified communities
about Veterans, Veteran suicide, and resources available to
Veterans to reduce suicide, prior to the implementation of suicide
prevention programs; 2) collect follow-up data in the same
communities to assess whether those knowledge and attitudes have
changed over time; and 3) determine whether the programs and
policies implemented by a community resulted in positive change in
knowledge and attitudes. The data will be utilized by the Office of
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in VA Central Office to
measure the return on investment of significant resources that have
been invested to support communities in their (that is, the
communities’) efforts to reduce Veteran suicide. Specifically, the
Community-Based Interventions (CBI) arm of VA’s “Suicide Prevention
2.0” initiative has launched two different initiatives whose goals
are to increase the successful implementation of best practices to
prevent Veteran suicide in local communities. The data will allow
VA to measure a baseline level of expected outcomes, follow-up
levels, and to explore the role of new programs in those changes.
The data will be used to perform program planning and evaluation.
The data will also be used by the State teams that are engaged in
the Governor’s Challenge initiative. GC is one of the initiatives
supported by SP2.0 and is structured so that State teams are
provided training and technical assistance by VA to expand their
efforts to implement suicide prevention programs in their State.
This data collection will assist the State teams to assess the
effects of their new programming or policies.