An Ethical Data Collection Design for Anti-Human Trafficking Programs

Session Number: 1725
Track: Disabilities and Underrepresented Populations
Session Type: Expert Lecture
Tags: Human trafficking, Post-rescue process
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Bo Klauth [PhD Student in Evaluation, Measurement, and Research - Western Michigan University]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Jennifer Lynnette Klauth [Admission Manager - Western Michigan University]
Time: Nov 15, 2019 (05:45 PM - 06:30 PM)
Room: Hilton Marquette VI

Audience Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Program evaluations are intended to create evidence for making informed decisions. Collecting the stories and experiences of survivors of human sex trafficking is an essential step towards improved programs, policies, and procedures for this particularly vulnerable population. However, due to the traumatic nature of their experiences, the data collection process may have the potential to trigger trauma responses or cause additional harm to participants if it is planned without population-specific awareness. Ethically designed evaluations should consider the impact of the data collection process on the participants and any partner agencies. This session explores how evaluators can plan their evaluation process that is sensitive to the unique needs of survivors of sex trafficking. We are suggesting a trauma-informed approach to the evaluation of anti-sex trafficking programs. The session includes the presenters’ practical experiences in working with and collecting qualitative data from female survivors of trafficking.