More and more, public and private funders are developing grant lines to fund trauma-informed care (TIC). Requests for proposals (RFPs) are popping up all over the place. This is an exciting time in the field with opportunities to innovation and creativity.
Of course, any strong grant application includes program evaluation where you lay out how you plan to rigorously evaluate the intervention you are proposing. Funders want to ensure that the TIC intervention they are supporting is informed by data and producing positive outcomes. Because the TIC field is still in its infancy, data and data-based decision making is critically important.
The challenge, of course, is that there are very few validated measures of TIC and executing a sound program evaluation can be costly and time-consuming.
The ARTIC Scale addresses these pain points.
The Attitudes Related to Trauma-Informed Care (ARTIC) Scale, developed by the Traumatic Stress Institute and Tulane University, is one of the only, and most widely used, validated measures of trauma-informed care (TIC) available. It measures professional attitudes toward TIC and can be used for many purposes including measuring the effectiveness of professional training interventions.
Most exciting is that the ARTIC is now available via an online platform that makes program evaluation user-friendly, efficient, and cost effective.
Grantees no longer need costly data consultants or researchers. Online ARTIC enables your participants to complete the measure on phones, tablets, or computers (for example, at the time of a training). You can collected data at multiple time points and then the platform does the rest. It analyzes the data, produces reports for organizations and the individual respondent on an accessible dashboard, and provides recommendations for TIC implementation. No more entering data in a data base. No more scratching you head about how to understand the data you have. No more guessing about what the data is telling you to do differently.