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5 Tips to Promote Successful TIC Measurement with the Online ARTIC

September 21, 2020 / by John Engel, MA

The Online ARTIC makes TIC assessment and program evaluation user-friendly. At the same time, it still requires thoughtful planning, staff time, and effort to get meaningful results.

  1. Support effective implementation by identifying a TIC measurement champion

Successful projects need a champion, someone who understands the urgency and value of the project and is committed to overcoming barriers and achieving desired results. Identify your TIC Measurement Champion early in your process.

  1. Kindle urgency by establishing leadership and staff buy-in for TIC measurement

Successful projects depend on strong buy-in from senior leadership and staff. Investing time and energy in making the case for TIC measurement—before launching your project—helps ensure sustained commitment and the resources necessary for its success.

  1. Promote successful outcomes by identifying clear goals for TIC measurement

Knowing where you're headed before you launch your project helps you plan and navigate a path to successfully reach your destination. Stating clear goals for your TIC measurement project will help ensure that you achieve your desired outcomes.

  1. Ensure understanding of TIC data by identifying a clear research question

Identifying a clear research question – before launching your study – will help ensure that end users understand the meaning and context of your study results. Easy-to-read graphs and resources offered by the Online ARTIC will inspire data-driven action.

  1. Boost high response rates through the ease of online survey administration

High response rates are essential to having confidence in your data. Coordinating your data collection efforts with the support of key staff and leaders will help ensure higher rates of participation. The Online ARTIC removes another common barrier to participation through ease of access; it can be completed using a smart phone, tablet, or computer.

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John Engel, MA

Written by John Engel, MA

John Engel is a Program Coordinator for the Traumatic Stress Institute of the Klingberg Family Centers, where he serves as a trainer and consultant for client agencies adopting whole system change to trauma-informed care. John also facilitates strategic change initiatives and product development for TSI, including development and launch of the Online ARTIC Scale. Additionally, John has been piloting mindfulness in the workplace, including design and delivery of a national training webinar entitled Mindfulness in the Workplace: Practices for Sustaining Trauma-Informed Care, design and facilitation of a day-long virtual training event, Mindfulness: The Inner Work of Racial Healing and Trauma-Informed Care, and a Monthly RC Mindfulness pilot in 2021. Since 2011, John has written a monthly column, The Fatherhood Journey, for the Daily Hampshire Gazette, with a mission of promoting public and private conversations about fatherhood.