Program evaluation is the process of valuing an endeavor by understanding the associated costs (investments) and benefits (consequences) through systematic analysis of its components. It is often used for assessing the value of social programs, though program evaluation also can be beneficial for valuing the efforts and engagements of most non-profit organizations, Benefit Corporations, B Corporations, public-private partnerships, and many private entities.
When the impact of trauma on a program or organization is documented and measured, it becomes possible for program designers and staff to develop plans that lessen the impact of trauma on program success and accelerate recovery from trauma-induced setbacks.
The Evaluation Framework for Multiple and Overlapping Traumas in Symbiotic Systems is a tool that facilitates this process. In this paper, we use a fictionalized case study to present the MOTiSS evaluation framework, document its contributions to the field of evaluation, and illustrate its usefulness for real-world organizations whose work continues through trauma, disaster, and distress.
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Readers seeking a step-by-step guide for using the MOTiSS Evaluation Framework in their organizations should turn to The Trauma Mitigation Toolkit.