Federal, state, and local governing bodies are increasingly mandating trauma-informed care (TIC), requiring organizations, schools, and service systems to demonstrate they are advancing TIC in their settings. Yet, organizations and schools have little guidance about how to do so. For example, the Family First Services Prevention Act requires Qualified Residential Training Programs (QRTPs) to demonstrate effective use of a TIC framework, but leaves it to states and QRTPs to determine how to evaluate their efforts. Schools face similar pressures to show positive outcomes for their trauma sensitive school initiatives.
This 3-Part series was created to support schools and organizations in planning and implementing effective program evaluation for TIC interventions. Below is an overview of the questions answered in the series.
Part 1: What is Trauma-Informed Care and Why Measure It
- What is TIC?
- Why do organizations and systems implement TIC?
- Why do organizations want to measure TIC?
Part 2: How to Measure Trauma-Informed Care
- What are the different levels of TIC outcomes to measure?
- What are the types of TIC outcomes to measure?
- What tools are available to measure TIC?
- What is most important for organizations to consider when planning to measure TIC?
Part 3: The Basics of Trauma-Informed Care Program Evaluation
- What is the purpose of the TIC evaluation?
- How will you manage and analyze the data?
- What type of target outcomes do you want to use?
- From whom or where will the information be collected?
- What target outcomes do you want to select and how will you measure them?
- How will you collect the data?
- When do you want to collect the data?
- Who are the primary audiences for your results?
- How will you report your findings to stakeholders?
The Measuring Trauma-Informed Care series was created by the Traumatic Stress Institute (TSI), a global leader in TIC implementation and measurement. TSI, with Tulane University, created the Attitudes Related to Trauma-Informed Care (ARTIC) Scale, one of the most widely used validated measures of TIC. The ARTIC Scale measures professional and paraprofessional attitudes toward TIC.