Toolkit

The Accessible, Culturally Responsive, and Trauma Informed (ACRTI) Evaluation Toolkit

Background

The Accessible, Culturally Responsive, and Trauma Informed (ACRTI) Evaluation Toolkit provides a comprehensive suite of materials designed for domestic and sexual violence programs to use in evaluating their work. For domestic and sexual violence programs committed to enhancing ACRTI services and supports, these measures can help programs:

  • Better understand strengths and challenges in becoming more ACRTI, from the perspectives of survivors and program staff members
  • Learn about how survivors’ trauma-related feelings, beliefs, knowledge, and associated skills have changed because of the services and supports they received
  • Gauge how ACRTI-related organizational changes or new policies have affected staff members- or when they may be needed
  • Understand program staff’s strengths and challenges in providing ACRTI domestic and sexual violence services
  • Demonstrate effectiveness in supporting survivors and their children, including to the public and funders

Grounded in the experiences of survivors and domestic and sexual violence program staff members, this toolkit includes three measures along with comprehensive guidelines on utilizing each one.

The Trauma-Informed Capacity Assessment (TICA): The TICA is designed to help domestic violence and sexual assault programs create a more supportive and trauma-informed environment for staff and survivors. It collects information on how programs integrate ACRTI principles into policies, practices, staff support, and work with survivors, their children, and communities. It is available in English.

The Trauma-Informed Outcomes Scale (TIOS): The Trauma-Informed Outcomes Scale helps domestic and sexual violence programs to understand the ways that their trauma-informed services have been helpful to survivors. To date, the TIOS is the only survey created for survivors to say how they may have changed as a result of accessing trauma-informed DV services. It is available in English and Spanish.
The Trauma-Informed Practice Survey for Staff (TIPSS) has sections on ACRTI knowledge, staff and supervisory practices and needs, and how they translate to services for survivors, youth, and children. Its two main purposes are 1) to help domestic and sexual violence programs better understand how staff and supervisors are incorporating ACRTI practices within their day-to-day activities; and 2) to better understand ways staff members receive ACRTI supports in working at your program. It is available in English.

Resources

Name Type File/Link
Name: Trauma Informed Capacity Assessment (TICA) Type: File File/Link:
Name: TICA Guidelines Type: File File/Link:
Name: Trauma-Informed Outcomes Scale (TIOS) Type: File File/Link:
Name: TIOS - Español Type: File File/Link:
Name: TIOS Guidelines Type: File File/Link:
Name: The Trauma-Informed Practice Survey for Staff (TIPSS) Type: File File/Link:
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