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Nonprofit organizations -- Management, Nonprofit organizations -- Study and teaching, Psychic trauma, Intimate partner violence


This month’s topic is evaluation with trauma survivors.

This issue, we are examining the unique considerations of evaluating programs working with trauma survivors. With the help of Vanessa Timmons, Executive Director of the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (OCADSV), we will explore methods for evaluating programs, including “survivor-led evaluation.”

More funders are asking nonprofits to relate services to ACEs and evaluate trauma-informed practice. Many organizations have always seen this connection between trauma and the nonprofit sector, even when services are not specific to healing from trauma.

Who do you visualize when you hear “trauma survivor?” Perhaps you think of a specific gender, race, age, culture, experience, duration, and so on. If so, you may be overlooking trauma survivors in your programs. There is no one type of person who survives trauma, which has been highlighted recently by the diverse voices of Tarana Burke’s Me Too Movement "Survivor Stories." Additionally, there are burgeoning reconceptualizations about trauma, such as historical and intergenerational trauma that further highlight the ubiquity and impact of trauma on individuals, communities, and populations.

Let the resources and insights we share in The Nonprofit Nerd inspire you to get your nerd on and find innovative ways to make research and data work for you and your nonprofit!


The Nonprofit Institute (NPI) is a collaboration with community stakeholders and representatives from PSU’s College of Urban and Public Affairs, College of the Arts, the School of Business’ Impact Entrepreneurs program, and the School of Social Work’s Center to Advance Racial Equity.

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