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PACEs Connection Community Resilience Tracker — Milestones Tracker

 

The PACEs Connection Community Resilience Tracker has two parts: The Milestones Tracker and Sector Pages. The Milestones Tracker helps track how many steps towards becoming trauma-informed that organizations in a community have taken. These milestones were chosen by PACEs Connection based on an extensive literature review of evidence-based self assessments by organizations. Here's a link to Northeast Tennessee's Community Resilience Tracker, which includes the Milestones Tracker. (Please note that the data on the Community Resilience Tracker is for demo purposes only; it is not real.) PACES = POSITIVE AND ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES

How did we choose these milestones?

After examining many trauma-informed assessment tools for several different sectors, we chose 14 milestones that are common to most, if not all, organizations across sectors. Each milestone represents many changes an organization has implemented. A representative of an organization provides the data. This tracker does not evaluate how well an organization is doing at each milestone, but if the organization completes all milestones, it is likely that meaningful change is occurring.

The purpose of the Milestones Tracker is for a community PACEs initiative to measure the community's overall progress in integrating practices based on PACEs science. This is extremely valuable data, especially combined with sector data that a community can aggregate using data obtained in the Sector pages of the Community Resilience Tracker. Not only does the tracker show progress and accelerate change, it can be used to calculate how much money a community is saving by integrating practices based on PACEs science.

The following 14 milestones can be used by any organization — such as volunteer, advocacy, neighborhood association, parent association, small business, health clinic, faith-based, recreation, arts, school, school board — any group of people that organize around a goal or mission and who want to measure their progress in integrating PACEs science into their work.

The Milestones:

  1. PACEs science presentations to a volunteer or staff member of an organization — Someone in the organization has attended a workshop or presentation about PACEs science.
  2. PACEs science presentations to ALL organization staff and/or members — All employees and/or members have attended a workshop or presentation about PACEs science.
  3. Organization participates in local PACEs initiative — Organization representatives attend PACEs initiative meetings, participate in workgroups or have signed an MOU with the PACEs initiative.
  4. Leadership committed to integrating PACEs science — Organization decision-maker(s) or the organization by consensus, as is applicable, publicly state the intention of, approve a committee to lead and provide resources for the entire organization to integrate trauma-informed and healing-centered practices and policies based on PACEs science.
  5. Human resources department integrates healing-centered, trauma-informed practices & policies — These include such functions as membership, hiring, termination, leave, supervision, etc., as applicable.  
  6. Organization members or staff receive ACE & PCE (positive childhood experiences) surveys Each person has anonymously completed an ACE survey (one that includes other questions, such as racism, bullying, involvement with foster care system, etc., that are reflective of experiences of staff members) to determine their own ACEs and positive childhood experiences so that the organization can determine its ACEs burden and foundation of resilience. It is important for an organization or association to do this; it provides impetus to examine its practices through a PACEs science lens, including equity, and make appropriate changes, to make sure its everyone in the organization or association is practicing self-care, and to create a physical and emotional environment that is safe and supportive. Anyone who takes an ACE survey should be educated about PACEs science, provided a positive childhood experiences survey, and the opportunity to talk with a peer support specialist, social worker, or someone designated inside or outside the organization by leadership. Employees should not provide their scores to the organization they work for.
  7. People served by an organization are educated about PACEs science — This includes patients, students, prisoners, customers, community members, parents, activists, advocates….whomever the organization serves. They have a right to know the most powerful determinant of their...and their children’s...health, safety and productivity.
  8. People that the organization serves receive ACE & PCE (positive childhood experiences) surveys — This means that clients/ students/ customers/ patients/ prisoners/advocates/, in other words anyone whom the organization serves, have completed an ACE survey (original or expanded) for themselves. It does not necessarily mean that they have provided that information to the organization that gave it to them; it may be for their own knowledge. It depends on the organization. For example, it’s appropriate for a physician to know the ACE score of a patient; it’s not necessary for a school to know the ACE score of a student. However, it would be useful for a school to know the ACE burden of its student body, and gather student ACE scores anonymously. Anyone who takes an ACE survey should be educated about PACEs science, provided a positive childhood experiences survey and information about resilience factors, and the opportunity to talk with a peer support specialist or social worker.
  9. Implements trauma-informed procedures or practices for people served by the organization — Organization or association has applied PACEs science lens to all practices for clients, students, patients, prisoners, customers, in other words anyone whom the organization serves, and changed them to become trauma-informed and resilience-building, with the input of the people they serve.
  10. Evaluates TI policies and practices — On an ongoing basis, organization evaluates changes it has implemented, includes people it serves in that evaluation, and makes improvements.  
  11. Physical environment is trauma-informed Organization or association has examined good examples of the healing-centered/trauma-informed physical environments of other similar organizations, and made changes in their own physical environment. This includes waiting areas, work areas, recreation areas, with considerations that include but aren’t limited to lighting, fresh air, safety, noise, and privacy.
  12. Diversity — Your organization has evaluated the diversity of its staff AND developed a plan to address its findings AND put a system in place for continuous evaluation.
  13. Equity — Your organization has evaluated its practices, structures, and policies for areas of inequity, AND taken steps to ensure that specific solutions and remedies are employed, AND put a system in place for continuous evaluation.
  14. Inclusion — Your organization has evaluated its practices, structures, and policies to ensure and emphasize that all are welcomed, respected, supported, and valued; AND taken steps to ensure that specific solutions and remedies are employed, AND put a system in place for continuous evaluation.

Assessment Tools for Organizations:

If you're looking for general self-assessment tools for organizations, as well as self-assessment tools for organizations in specific sectors — including child-abuse prevention agencies, child/youth/adult/family serving organizations, domestic violence services, healthcare agencies — go to the Healing-Centered/Trauma-Informed/Resilience-Building Self-Assessment Tools in PACEs Connection’s Resource Center. We will be adding tools as we hear about them.

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