Trauma-Informed Organizational Readiness Assessment

  • Marciana Popescu
  • Virginia C. Strand


Within the complex context of child welfare policies and practice, child welfare agencies are pushed to adopt and sustain new evidence-based trauma-informed practices. Their readiness to do so effectively, however, needs to be measured and used to inform the implementation processes. Focusing on six not-for-profit agencies that sponsored programs or services under contract with the local child welfare agency, the chapter describes the development and implementation of a trauma-sensitive organizational readiness tool designed to measure agency readiness for trauma-informed practice. The implications of this project include the importance of understanding organizational readiness, the usefulness of trauma-informed measures of organizational readiness for effective implementation of evidence-based models of practice, and the enhanced capacity for field instruction through effective partnerships with schools of social work. Developing the evidence to support organizational change, build organizational capacity, and adopt trauma-informed practices contributes to addressing the many challenges faced by the child welfare system.


Organizational readiness Theories of change Trauma-informed organizations Child welfare policy Child welfare practice Organizational drivers Implementation science Stages of implementation Organizational readiness assessment Evidence-based trauma treatment Trauma-informed field placement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service400 Westchester Ave. Room 105West HarrisonUSA
  2. 2.National Center for Social Work Trauma Education and Workforce DevelopmentFordham University Graduate School of Social ServiceWest HarrisonUSA

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