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Grow the evidence base for trauma-informed, trauma-responsive,
and trauma-specific practices and programs

While trauma and its related impacts have existed for millennia, the field of study is relatively young. When it comes to the creation and implementation of public policies to address any issue, it is essential to consider many related factors based on the best research and evidence available to support a particular proposed policy solution.


Therefore, it is important to continue to conduct work that further refines the concept of trauma and verifies the validity and efficacy of various approaches and interventions to address and prevent it.


  • Direct grant funding to incentivize expanding the evidence base related to NEAR (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACEs, and Resilience) science, trauma, and its individual and collective impacts across the lifespan, as well as trauma-informed, trauma-responsive, and trauma-specific approaches and interventions

  • Direct grant funding to incentivize meaningfully engaging people and communities with lived experience through inclusive, transparent, and participatory research practices

  • Prioritize research to advance the knowledge base related to healing and preventing trauma among groups and populations that have traditionally been excluded from or less centered in existing research

  • Support research efforts to better understand and respond to large-scale collective traumas (e.g., impacts of COVID-19, natural disasters, etc.)

  • Expand appropriations for innovative education and research to evaluate and scale trauma-informed integrated service models for individual and collective recovery and prevention

  • Develop replicable, reliable, and valid standardized tools and regulatory measures to protect privacy while supporting the collecting and sharing of information and knowledge related to best and promising practices to detect, treat, and prevent trauma

  • Implement and standardize trauma-informed protections and mechanisms to thwart exploitation and harm in research practices

  • Incentivize collaboration and partnerships between federal research agencies, academic institutions, and entities engaged in practice-based research with trauma-impacted individuals, groups, communities, and populations to generate and advance empirically-supported intervention development and implementation

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