Creating a Resilient and Trauma-Informed Community (RTIC) is a community-wide, collaborative process that is based in the principles of Collective Impact and Implementation Science. Our approach builds upon our already strong tradition of collaboration and aims for something more--the ability for everyone's work to be mutually supportive and deeply connected, so that we can achieve bigger changes. In the Collective Impact model, the ultimate power of our effort comes from the community itself, specifically through our network of Champions and the organizations they represent, such that the success of the effort rests not on any single participant or group, but that the collective work will change and grow over time depending on the needs of our community. Implementation Science gives us a structure on which to build our efforts.
Collective impact is a model for large-scale, societal change, brought about by entire communities working across sectors towards a common goal. This goal, the Common Agenda, is the first component of Collective Impact. Our goal is a community that is connected, healthy, and resilient. Achieving this goal means understanding how to measure our collective progress and engaging in activities that mutually support each other across the community. Our regular Community of Practice and Champion Development sessions provide an opportunity for continuous communication on the effort, where Champions can gather to exchange ideas and practices as well as share access to research and resources. Our backbone support is provided by a volunteer Support Team that keeps the effort moving forward.
To learn more about Collective Impact, visit https://collectiveimpactforum.org/
Putting the RTIC framework into practice is rooted in the principles of Implementation Science, which is the study of methods that promote the adoption and integration of evidence-based practices, interventions, and policies into routine health care and public health settings. Implementing RTIC is a multi-year process that involves multiple decisions, actions, and sometimes corrections as necessary to implement and sustain new practices and programs successfully. The work follows a process of four Implementation Stages:
- Exploration is the first stage of implementation. It begins with identifying a need to be addressed and determining which practices or programs are the best fit for that need. This is the stage where we engage in building a Foundation through educational offerings and trainings, and through resources on this website.
- Infrastructure-Building is accomplished by developing our skills, knowledge, and readiness and where organizational staff begin assembling teams to take on the work of building resilience. As a community, we are building infrastructure through a network of Champions, who lead this work in their own organizations but also gather regularly across sectors for Champion Development sessions (skill-building and education) and a Community of Practice, where ideas and challenges are shared and addressed.
- Initial Implementation is the stage where organizations begin to develop and follow through on implementing their internal plans. Within their organizations, Champions incorporate the RTIC framework into their work and ensure that their staff, their policies, and their practices are more trauma-informed and resilience-focused.
- Full Implementation begins when organizations that are well-established in the RTIC principles come together cross-sector to carry our collaborative work in larger, collective efforts such as coalitions and systems-level change.
As you move throughout the website, look for the symbols of the four Implementation Stages. Each symbol will give you an idea of how each element of the RTIC work fits into the four stages.
What comes next? Build a Foundation
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