The University of Connecticut Anti-Human Trafficking Project Evaluation is designed to provide the State of Connecticut with information concerning the quality of care given to survivors of human trafficking by non-governmental organizations. It is applicable to organizations that provide victim services within Connecticut or that raise funds within Connecticut for services provided elsewhere. Participation is on a voluntary basis.
The project is premised upon the idea that safe and effective care for victims requires transparency on the part of service providers, especially in regard to the scope and content of the care provided, the personnel they utilize and the outcome of the care they provide. Organizations with well-defined methods and goals may serve as models for others to emulate.
Organizations that participate in this review process provide (1) basic information about the organization and its personnel, (2) aggregate information concerning their clients, and (3) a description of their organization’s goals as well as the challenges it may face in providing care to survivors. The aggregate data that is collected is in a form that supports international comparison of trends related to trafficking. The Individual Client Profile tool made available on this website is designed to facilitate data collection on the part of the organization.
The AHTPE recognizes that providers may have very different philosophies concerning care of clients, that they may provide different kinds of services, and that they may serve different types of client populations. It also recognizes that the client populations being served pose numerous challenges to consistent, uninterrupted long-term care, and that client absenteeism is not a reliable indicator of a program’s success or failure.
Throughout the three phases of the study (data entry, review and submission) measures will be taken to protect patient/client privacy in accordance with federal and state law and in compliance with standards of confidentiality observed by professional licensing bodies (NASW, ANA, AMA, APA, ACA). Under no circumstances may clients’ names or physical addresses be revealed to interviewers, reviewers, University of Connecticut personnel, or other parties participating in or privy to the information contained in this study.
The AHTPE will collect and update data, and will provide summaries to the State of Connecticut Trafficking in Persons Council, on an annual basis. The procedure involves three phases.
Phase 1: Initiation of Data Collection.
A sample of the questionnaire utilized for this study is available on the AHTPE website at http://ahtpe.uconn.edu/. Once an organization has decided to participate, a password accessible folder will be created for it on this website. The folder will contain a questionnaire that the organization will complete. Prior to completing the questionnaire, it will be helpful for organizations to create Individual Client Profiles for its clients. These may be printed out from this website. The completed profiles will not be stored on this website, and the information they contain must not be shared with the AHTPE or its personnel.
Phase 2. Interview and Review. Pending receipt of the relevant waivers and letters of endorsement, University of Connecticut shall ask to conduct any follow up interviews, if needed, to clarify the organization’s service philosophy, methodology and goals. These interviews may be conducted by graduate students in the fields germane to the review process (social work, nursing, counseling, human rights/pre-law, etc.) who have undergone university mandated certification in social and behavioral research.
Phase 3. Summary and Submission to Connecticut TIP Council. Based on the information gathered, a summary of the organization’s activities will be constructed and given to the organization along with any recommendations offered by the AHTPE panel assigned to the organization. A final copy will be provided to the Connecticut TIP Council only after the organization has the opportunity to comment on the draft and the AHTPE panel has made revisions in lieu of those comments. All materials provided to the AHTPE will be attached to the summary provided to the TIP Council.
Organizations that participate in this process are encouraged to utilize the data reporting mechanism to track their activities from year to year. Unless advised otherwise, the AHTPE will add to your folder a questionnaire for the following year.
Anti-Human Trafficking Program Evaluation Survey for Non-governmental Organizations. SAMPLE ONLY: