Implement & Monitor

Purpose

Because Trauma Informed Care (TIC) is unique to each setting, individual, and agency there is not a standardized curriculum or implementation manual. However, it is important that organizations do something. Not only to maintain momentum from a recent training but also to build evidence about what works. After an organization has gathered information and prioritized needs, the next step is to implement the work plan (new or modified strategy, policy, or practice) while simultaneously monitoring the impact. The following considerations can help an organization define this process to fit their mission and population.

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Considerations

  • Pilot ideas
    • TIC results from small adjustments and large changes, so be encouraged to attempt any opportunity for improvement.
    • Solicit feedback about how it worked.
    • Be transparent with implementation plans and willing to modify or toss ideas that don’t work.
    • Set a reasonable timeframe when you will decide to modify, keep, or toss a new strategy.
  • Promote innovation
    • Encourage proposals for TIC practices from all staff and departments.
    • Create an environment where all ideas are welcome.
    • Report out at meetings about new practices or happenings.
  • Maintain momentum
    • Keep trauma and trauma informed care on the minds of staff
      • Ask about TIC sightings at staff meetings.
      • Ask about situations that could’ve been more trauma informed.
      • Ask staff to reflect on something they have learned about trauma since the last meeting.
    • Consider adding trauma informed happenings to newsletters or bulletin boards.
      • Share successes, e.g. some organizations do ‘shout outs’ to each other either anonymously or in meetings.
  • Monitor success and solicit feedback
    • Find multiple ways families, staff, and community can provide feedback or offer innovative ideas.
    • Suggestion boxes in lobbies.
    • Surveys on a regular basis about certain principles or related topics
  • Consider options for outside expertise
    • Weigh the pros and cons of various options:
      • Consider the amount of technical assistance needed with the time commitment and cost.

 

Resources

Agencywide Communication Considerations Page

Questions to Ask When Considering TIC Models

 

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