Conducting Trauma-Informed Data Collection

Session Number: 2831
Track: Behavioral Health
Session Type: Roundtable
Tags: ethics, methodology, trauma-informed approaches, Vulnerable populations
Session Facilitator: Carolyn F Fisher [Research and Evaluation Project Manager - Institute for Community Health]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Carolyn F Fisher [Research and Evaluation Project Manager - Institute for Community Health]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Ranjani Krishnan Paradise [Research and Evaluation Scientist - Institute for Community Health]
Time: Nov 15, 2019 (11:30 AM - 12:15 PM)
Room: Hilton Marquette I

Audience Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Guidelines for trauma-informed care are designed for behavioral healthcare providers, not evaluators. These guidelines focus on how traumatic stress participates in reinforcing feedback loops with mental health, addiction, and somatic/biological illness. There are important lessons from these guidelines for evaluators, but there are no published guidelines for trauma-informed data collection.


For this roundtable, we propose a set of guidelines for conducting trauma-informed data collection. Guidelines include: focus on resilience and use appreciative inquiry; leave control with participants; use an ongoing, iterative consent process; establish a safety plan; decide what information is essential; prioritize participant welfare over data collection; and set boundaries and practice self-care. Our discussion will focus on how we can use the lens of trauma-informed practices to achieve a more flexible, responsive approach to data collection and more participatory, co-productive alliances with evaluation and research participants.