Issue Briefs

Executive Summary: Trauma and Recovery Project

The Trauma and Recovery Project (TARP) was a 5-year Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration funded initiative that aimed to increase the availability and accessibility of trauma responsive treatments for children and families in southeastern Wisconsin.

Practice Brief: COVID Resilience Planning for Nonprofits 

COVID-19 placed unique and unprecedented stress on families, staff, and communities exacerbating existing health and economic disparities while also forcing nonprofits to radically adapt and innovate to pandemic restrictions. Are there lessons learned for nonprofits from this rapid innovation that they should carry forward into a ‘new normal’? This practice brief explores how Children’s Wisconsin’s Well-Being programs identified lessons learned and key innovations during the pandemic as they planned for practice after the pandemic.

Practice Brief: Internet-Based PCIT: Beyond the Pandemic

Public health crises are shown to take a considerable toll on families. Utilizing available technology, organizations can take steps to provide equitable access to evidence-based treatments such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for children and families who are finding it difficult to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fact Sheet: Understanding and Responding to Trauma (PDF)

What is trauma? Trauma is an event, series of events, or set of circumstances experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening. It also has lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being.

Practice Brief: After Action Reviews (PDF)

By contrasting our intended results with our actual results, we reveal important insights, lessons learned, and motivation for improvement.

Practice Brief: Strategic Learning (PDF)

Strategic Learning inspires and guides future direction from the failed attempts and successful outcomes of past efforts.

Practice Brief: Human-Centered Design (PDF)

Solving complex social problems demands the ideas and engagement of the people that have lived through them.

Practice Brief: Outcome Harvesting (PDF)

Outcome Harvesting is a methodology ideal for retrospective evaluation of complex systems change efforts.

Practice Brief: Mobility Mentoring (PDF)

Mobility Mentoring offers a roadmap to growth and self-sufficiency through coaching, goal-setting, and the celebration of achievement.

Issue Brief: Trauma-Responsive Employment Services:
The Healthy Workers, Healthy Wisconsin Project

By providing training and access to employment opportunities, job programs help individuals obtain the skills and social connections necessary to achieve sustainable employment.

Issue Brief: The Promise of Prisoner Reentry Programming

Recidivism among individuals released from prison is a central concern for local communities and the criminal justice field. Studies suggest that most Americans released from prison are re-arrested, reconvicted or re-incarcerated for a violation …

Issue Brief: Translating Trauma-Informed Principles into Trauma-Responsive Practices

Research on trauma has produced two certain conclusions. First, trauma is prevalent. More than half of Americans report having at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE), and many adults also endure …

Issue Brief: Trauma Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (T-SBIRT)

It is estimated that over 70% of the population worldwide has experienced a traumatic event.1 Based on rapidly expanding insights into the scope and consequences of trauma exposure, trauma-informed care has become …

Issue Brief: Supporting Safe, Stable, and Healthy Housing

Housing provides a foundation for health, well-being and prosperity. However, many families in the child welfare system lack reliable access to an affordable home. In this issue brief we highlight how housing is linked to child safety, permanence

Issue Brief: Assessing Well-Being in Child Welfare

Most children and adolescents that enter the child welfare system have been exposed to multiple adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), including abuse and neglect. As a result, they often present with.

Issue Brief: Engaging Families in Home Visiting

Home visiting programs provide support and services to enhance the health and well-being of children and their caregivers, particularly in vulnerable and economically disadvantaged populations. Research indicates that home visiting services can promote.

Issue Brief: Asking Sensitive Questions

Human service providers ask clients questions to understand their backgrounds, identify their strengths and needs, and build rapport. Many clients have been exposed to significant adversities and traumatic events that undermine.

Issue Brief: Integrating PCIT into Child Welfare Services

Across home, day care, school, mental health, and social service settings, many young children present with externalizing problems such as aggression, defiance, hyperactivity, and inattention. Caregivers, teachers, and even treatment providers often struggle to manage.