The Staff Wellness Initiative at the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago

The Staff Wellness Initiative (SWI) is a new and innovative approach to address trauma and promote wellness among the CVI workforce led by the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago (INVC), a major violence prevention organization serving participants at high risk of gun violence on the South and West Sides of Chicago

As the research partner for SWI, CORNERS is currently conducting a process evaluation that documents the creation and implementation of the SWI and developing a research framework for evaluating the impact of the SWI on both individual staff and organizational functioning.

The current process evaluation seeks to answer the following questions:

  1. How was the SWI developed and implemented at INVC?
  2. What lessons and best practices can be learned and applied to other Community Violence Intervention (CVI) organizations looking to invest in the wellbeing of their staff?

Project findings will help guide future research and practice as awareness of the critical importance of holistically addressing trauma and promoting wellness among CVI workers continues to increase.   

To learn more about this project, please contact:
Rebecca Weiland
Managing Director
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