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Trauma-informed Eval Week: The Systems Perspective: Trauma-Informed Organizations & Systems by Tamara Hamai

I’m Tamara Hamai, PhD, President of Hamai Consulting and President-Elect of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence. I’ve dedicated my career to rebuilding our global systems to encourage children’s holistic growth and well-being, from prenatal through completion of higher education. Lessons Learned: In the chapter Adverse Childhood Experiences: Past, Present, and Future, that I …

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Trauma-informed Eval Week: The Inherent Healing-Centered Nature of Trauma-Informed Care by Pamela “Denise” Long

My name is Denise Long, MS, BHS, OT, Doctor of Education Candidate in organizational leadership/development and adjunct faculty at Southern Illinois University. Over the last 6 years, I’ve studied, written, and worked in the areas of trauma-informed care (TIC), resilience, evaluation, and anti-racism. My dissertation research focuses on executive leadership of institutional racial equity. As …

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Trauma-informed Eval Week: Photovoice as a Trauma-Informed Evaluation Approach by Debbie Gowensmith

Hi, I’m Debbie Gowensmith, vice-president of Groundswell Services and PhD candidate specializing in evaluation at the University of Denver. With my colleague and partner, Dr. Neil Gowensmith, I have been using Photovoice with evaluations of programs for returning citizens, or people being released from prison. People in prisons are more likely than the general public …

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Trauma-Informed Eval Week: Trauma-Informed Consent by Carolyn F Fisher

My name is Carolyn F. Fisher, Ph.D. and I’m a Research and Evaluation Scientist at the Institute for Community Health in Malden, MA. I’m a qualitative specialist and a long-time IRB member. When I first began thinking about trauma-informed data collection a couple of years ago, I noticed that there are some contradictions between the …

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Trauma-informed Eval Week: Situating Yourself in Trauma-informed Evaluation by Lisa Raphael

My name is Lisa Raphael, and I am an independent consultant. Until recently, much of my work has not explicitly considered trauma in the evaluation process. This is partly due to the fact that most education funding is tied to academic achievement and ignores other more holistic aspects of healthy child development.My own narrative has …

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Trauma-informed Eval Week: Principles of Trauma-informed Evaluation by Martha Brown

I am Martha Brown, Ph.D. president of RJAE Consulting, and curator of Trauma-Informed (TI) Evaluation Week. Being trauma-informed means you 1) realize the impact of trauma, 2) recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma, 3) respond by integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices, and 4) resist re-traumatization. While information about trauma and …

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Calling all aea365 readers: What do YOU want to read more about in 2021? by Sheila B Robinson

Hello Loyal aea365 readers! I’m Sheila B Robinson, aea365’s Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor with one question for you: What is it that YOU would like to read about on this blog? I first posted this article in 2015 (and every year since) and we receive excellent responses from readers each time it is published. I typically …

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Ex-post Eval Week: Exiting For Sustainability by Jindra Cekan

Hello. My name is Jindra Cekan, and I am the Founder and Catalyst of Valuing Voices at Cekan Consulting LLC. Our research, evaluation and advocacy network have been working on post-project (ex-post) evaluations since 2013. I have loved giraffes for decades and fund conservation efforts (see pix). Our planet is in trouble as are millions of …

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Ex-post Eval Week: Measuring sustainability post-program –go in and stay for the learning! By Holta Trandafili

Greetings, I am Holta Trandafili, a researcher and evaluator captivated by sustainability theories and the sustainment of results. I believe that a thoughtful, systematic inquiry of what happens after an intervention ends adds value to what we know about sustainability. Since 2015 I have co-led ten post-program evaluations (also known as ex-posts) in Uganda, Kenya, …

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Ex-post Eval Week: Evaluating Peace for Sustainability by Peter Kimeu Ngui

Peace is with you. My name is Peter Kimeu Ngui, the Founder and CEO of Decent Living Institute of Organic Farming with extensive experience on reflective peace and partnership building in Africa. Is there anything like a ‘just world’? Can peace be ‘sustainable’? These two closely related questions must be in mind of evaluators of peace …

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