Few organizations have developed sustainable, culturally relevant, grass-root trauma-informed interventions outside of North America. Yet our research is showing a direct link between levels of trauma in vulnerable communities and the challenges faced with justice, reconciliation, security, and overall economic and social wellbeing.
Today GSN has a proof of concept, a working road map of how we can address the connection between these critical (i.e. impact of violence, trauma, and peace) yet forgotten issues in a scalable, practical yet transformative way. We believe our work will bring not only significant change to places experiencing chronic violence but ultimately to the global peacebuilding, development, and governance field.
Key Research and Learning Results
GSN carries out research in fragile, insecure areas. With support from psychologists, a multi-disciplinary approach is taken in our program assessments. Measurement instruments are designed, utilizing behavioral and psychological scales along with questions related to socio-economic, political and conflict-related indicators. Because the trauma-informed approach to peacebuilding and prevention of violence is not well understood or tested, GSN has invested significantly in the study of the populations we serve and the outcomes of the interventions.
We have data sets from Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia looking at frequency and types of exposure to violence and other traumatic events, behavior-related wellness or resilience, behavior related to peace and conflict, attitudes related to peace and conflict and levels of mental distress and Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms.
The higher the frequency of practicing one’s faith,
the lower the levels of PTS symptoms.
Pre and post-intervention surveys were conducted for the evaluation of both trainings and community dialogue sessions. The surveys measure resilience through indicators related to self-care. Questions focus on community engagement and trust, attitudes related to peace and reconciliation, exposure to traumatic events and Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD) symptoms.
In the post-intervention surveys,
participants are interviewed about their views on the impact of the program and
so far, the programs have largely achieved its objective by increasing
Participant’s emotional regulation, decreasing trauma symptoms, building trust
and supporting community engagement.
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