The evaluation framework uses a competency-based approach based on the Cube model (Rodolfa, et al., 2005) measuring the effectiveness and impact of this project on three dimensions:
Foundational competency – measured as the theoretical readiness of social work students, educators and practitioners in approaching, understanding and working with trauma. Confidence with trauma concepts for all three targeted population groups –students, social work educators, and practitioners/field instructors. The 12 core concepts of trauma are at the core of the two courses designed and offered as part of this project and define the evidence-based trauma training offered as well as the support provided to faculty teaching these courses.
Functional competency – measured as:
a. The field readiness and the effectiveness of this project in contributing to increasing field readiness for social work students trained in EBTT models, and placed in agencies that provide a practical context for applying the knowledge (foundational competency) and skills gained in direct practice with trauma cases.
b. The field readiness of social work practitioners either previously trained in EBTT models or currently participating in training, and being matched with students they supervise in trauma-focused field placements.
Developmental progress of competency – measured as:
a. Knowledge readiness – the increase of foundational competency
b. Field readiness – the increase of functional competency
c. Practice readiness – the impact of current training and practice on emerging trauma-focused social work practitioners – measured one year upon graduation participation in the project.