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PSA Quarterly Training Reports

Summary of Changes and How to Use the Data

November 16, 2020
Background: The PSA officially launched its training programs in September 2016, with pilot courses conducted in 2014 and 2015. The PSA began issuing quarterly training reports in May 2017. These reports include metrics of PSA Train-the-Trainer Courses, PSA Grower Training Courses, and PSA Trainers and PSA Lead Trainers. In 2020, the PSA began offering new course types; the Online PSA Grower Training, Temporary Remote PSA Grower Training, and the Remote PSA Train-the-Trainer Course. In addition, the PSA receives a significant number of inquiries regarding state and regional training information, necessitating the inclusion of more detailed state and regional data. This document summarizes the critical changes between previous reports (i.e., June 2020 and earlier) and reports going forward (i.e., September 2020 and later). As training options and deliveries expand through 2020 and beyond, they will be added to the quarterly report.

Availability and Issuance of Reports: The most recent quarterly training report will be available on the PSA website. Prior quarterly training reports are available upon request. The reports will continue to be conducted on a quarterly basis.
Questions: Contact Michele Humiston (mmc15@cornell.edu, 315-787-2287), Gretchen Wall (glw53@cornell.edu, 607-882-3087), or Betsy Bihn (eab38@cornell.edu, 315-726-2277).


Quarterly Report Sections – Changes and How to Use the Data

Produce Safety Alliance Course and Trainer Totals (Page 1)
Changes beginning Sept. 2020: In-person, remote, and online courses are now delineated in the data. Reports prior to September 2020 only include in-person course data.

Nationwide Produce Safety Alliance Training Maps (Page 2-3)
Changes beginning Sept. 2020: Prior maps only included courses conducted in-person. In-person courses continue to be reported based on the physical address of the course. Remote courses are based on the address of the individual who registers the course. For example, a remote course registered by a New York trainer would be counted as a New York course, even if some or all of the participants were from other states. In-person, remote, and online courses are now delineated in the data.

Domestic PSA Grower Training Courses (Pages 4-6)

  1. State Breakdown – PSA Grower Trainings
    Changes beginning Sept. 2020: This section of the report is new as of September 2020. Please see the explanations below for detailed information about each column of the table. Previous reports displayed ‘participant counts’ by the course location the individual attended. For example, a participant might reside in New York, but have attended a PSA Grower Training in Vermont and therefore would have been counted as a Vermont attendee in prior reports. Before altering this reporting, PSA personnel analyzed the impact on state reporting numbers and the difference was insignificant overall, but this modification provides better clarity and confidence regarding participant residence.
    • In-person PSA Grower Training Courses
      • # of Trainings: Indicates total number of in-person courses that have been conducted in that state based on the physical location of the training.
      • # of Participants: Indicates how many participants attended in-person courses conducted within that state.
      • # of Residents Trained: Indicates how many participants have physical addresses located within that state. Note: Participants may have attended an in-person PSA GT in another state. For example, a participant could reside in New York, but have attended an in-person training in Vermont.
    • Remote PSA Grower Training Courses
      • # of Trainings: Indicates total number of remote courses that have been conducted in that state based on the address of the trainer or individual registering the course.
      • # of Participants: Indicates how many participants attended remote courses registered by an individual in that location.
      • # of Residents Trained: Indicates how many participants attending a remote course have physical addresses located within that state. Note: Participants may have attended a remote course with a registered address to another state. For example, a participant could reside in New York, but attend a remote PSA Grower Training that was registered by a Vermont individual.
    • Online PSA Grower Training Course
      • # of Residents Trained: Indicates how many participants attending the online course have a physical address located within that state.
    • Total Residents Trained
      • Indicates how many participants reside in that particular state for any PSA course type.
         
  2. PSA Grower Training Courses & Participants by Quarter
    Changes beginning Sept. 2020: Previously, these graphs were displayed in a monthly format. The graphs have been consolidated to a quarterly format to ensure all training years could continue to be displayed in one illustration.
     
  3. PSA Grower Training Participants – Cumulative Total
    Changes beginning Sept. 2020: Previously, this graph was displayed in a monthly format. The graph has been consolidated to a quarterly format to ensure all training years could continue to be displayed in one illustration.

Domestic PSA Train-the-Trainer Courses (Pages 7-9)

  1. State Breakdown – PSA Train-the-Trainer Courses & PSA Trainers/Lead Trainers
    Changes beginning Sept. 2020: This section of the report is new as of September 2020. Please see the explanations below for detailed information about each column of the table. PSA Trainers and Lead Trainers are counted only once, even if multiple trainings have been attended. Trainers continue to be reported based on their residence, not the location where they were trained.
    • In-person PSA Train-the-Trainer Courses
      • # of Trainings: Indicates total number of in-person courses that have been conducted in that state based on the physical location of the training.
      • # of Participants: Indicates how many participants attended in-person courses conducted within that state.
    • Remote PSA Train-the-Trainer Courses
      • # of Trainings: Indicates total number of remote courses that have been conducted in that state based on the address of the individual registering the course.
      • # of Participants: Indicates how many participants attended remote courses registered by an individual in that location.
    • PSA Trainers, Lead Trainers, and Total Trainers by State
      • Indicates how many PSA Trainers and PSA Lead Trainers reside in that state. Total trainers includes both PSA Trainers and PSA Lead Trainers.
         
  2. PSA Train-the-Trainer Courses & Participants by Quarter
    Changes beginning Sept. 2020: Previously, these graphs were displayed in a monthly format. The graphs have been consolidated to a quarterly format to ensure all training years could continue to be displayed in one illustration.
     
  3. PSA Train-the-Trainer Course Participants – Cumulative Total
    Changes beginning Sept. 2020: Previously, this graph was displayed in a monthly format. The graph has been consolidated to a quarterly format to ensure all training years could continue to be displayed in one illustration.

Domestic Regional Totals (Pages 10-11)
Data for this section is based on the established FSMA Regional Centers through FDA and USDA’s National Institute for Food & Agriculture (NIFA) National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Grant Program.

  • North Central Region Center for FSMA Training, Extension, and Technical Assistance: 12 states - IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, OH, and WI
  • Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety (NECAFS): 12 states - CT, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, WV and DC
  • Southern Center for Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance to Enhance Food Safety: 13 states/2 territories - AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, PR, SC, TN, TX, VA, and US Virgin Islands
  • Western Center for Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Center to Enhance Food Safety: 13 states/2 territories – CO, MT, NM, NV, UT, WY, ID, WA, AK, OR, HI, Am. Samoa, Guam, CA, AZ
  1. PSA Grower Training Courses Hosted by Region
    Changes beginning Sept. 2020: Previous reports only included in-person courses. The new graphs now include in-person, remote, and online courses. Remote and online course locations are based on the individual registering the remote course.
     
  2. PSA Grower Training Participant Residency by Region
    Changes beginning Sept. 2020: Previous reports displayed ‘participant counts’ by the course location the individual attended. For example, a participant might reside in New York, but have attended a PSA Grower Training in Vermont and therefore would have been counted as a Vermont attendee in prior reports. Before altering this reporting, PSA personnel analyzed the impact on state reporting numbers and the difference was insignificant overall, but this modification provides better clarity and confidence in participant residence.
     
  3. PSA Train-the-Trainer Courses Hosted by Region
    Changes beginning Sept. 2020: Previous reports did not include remotely conducted PSA Train-the-Trainer Courses. The first remote PSA TTT was conducted in September 2020.
     
  4. PSA Trainers/Lead Trainers by Region
    Changes beginning Sept. 2020: Previous reports had these two graphs separated for PSA Trainers and Lead Trainers. The data has been consolidated into one.

International Trainings (Page 12-19)

  1. International Training Maps
    Changes beginning Sept. 2020: These maps are new (Pages 12-13).
     
  2. Country Breakdown – International PSA Grower Trainings
    • In-person International PSA Grower Training Courses
      • # of Trainings: Indicates total number of in-person courses that have been conducted in that country based on the physical location of the training.
      • # of Participants: Indicates how many participants attended in-person courses conducted within that country, even if this is not the country of their residence.
      • # of Residents Trained: Indicates how many participants have physical addresses located within that country. Note: Participants may have attended an in-person PSA GT in another country, but here they are reported by their country of residence, not the country were they were trained.
    • Remote International PSA Grower Training Courses
      • # of Trainings: Indicates total number of remote courses that have been conducted in that country based on the address of the individual registering the course.
      • # of Participants: Indicates how many participants attended remote courses registered by an individual in that location.
      • # of Residents Trained: Indicates how many participants attending a remote course reside within that country, even if they were trained in a remote training registered by a trainer from another country.
    • Online PSA Grower Training Course
      • # of Residents Trained: Indicates how many participants attending the online course have a physical address located within that country.
    • Total Residents Trained
      • Indicates how many participants reside in that particular country for in-person and remote PSA Grower Training courses. Online courses will be displayed in the next quarterly report.
         
  3. International PSA Grower Training Courses & Participants by Quarter
    Changes beginning Sept. 2020: Previously, these graphs were displayed in a monthly format. The graphs have been consolidated to a quarterly format to ensure all training years could continue to be displayed in one illustration.
     
  4. International PSA Grower Training Participants – Cumulative Total
    Changes beginning Sept. 2020: Previously, this graph was displayed in a monthly format. The graph has been consolidated to a quarterly format to ensure all training years could continue to be displayed in one illustration.
     
  5. Country Breakdown – International PSA Train-the-Trainer Courses & PSA Trainers/Lead Trainers
    Changes beginning Sept. 2020: This section of the report is new as of September 2020. Please see the explanations below for detailed information about each column of the table. PSA Trainers and Lead Trainers are counted only once, even if multiple trainings have been attended, and continue to be reported based on their residence, not the location where they were trained.
    • In-person International PSA Train-the-Trainer Courses
      • # of Trainings: Indicates total number of in-person courses that have been conducted in that country based on the physical location of the training.
      • # of Participants: Indicates how many participants attended in-person courses conducted within that country.
    • Remote PSA Train-the-Trainer Courses
      • # of Trainings: Indicates total number of remote courses that have been conducted in that country based on the address of the individual registering the course.
      • # of Participants: Indicates how many participants attended remote courses registered by an individual in that location.
    • International PSA Trainers, Lead Trainers, and Total Trainers by Country
      • Indicates how many PSA Trainers and PSA Lead Trainers reside in that country. Total trainers includes both PSA Trainers and PSA Lead Trainers.
         
  6. International PSA Train-the-Trainer Courses & Participants by Quarter
    Changes beginning Sept. 2020: Previously, these graphs were displayed in a monthly format. The graphs have been consolidated to a quarterly format to ensure all training years could continue to be displayed in one illustration.
     
  7. International PSA Train-the-Trainer Course Participants – Cumulative Total
    Changes beginning Sept. 2020: Previously, this graph was displayed in a monthly format. The graph has been consolidated to a quarterly format to ensure all training years could continue to be displayed in one illustration.