New Publication: Meaningful Engagement of People with Lived Experience

On January 25, the National Survivor Network and Global Fund to End Modern Slavery introduced a first-of-its-kind framework for survivor engagement at an event in Washington, DC, that was shared virtually to attendees joining us from around the world via Zoom. This event featured keynote welcomes by Sophie Otiende, CEO of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, and Chris Ash, Program Manager of the National Survivor Network, followed by a panel discussion in which we were joined by Wade Arvizu, Grace West, Suamhirs Piraino-Guzman, and Rosette Nsonga. We were grateful to see so many of our colleagues and stakeholders from other organizations in this work join us — in person, we were joined by attendees from Survivor Alliance, the US Department of State, Freedom Network USA, the Human Trafficking Legal Center, HEAL Trafficking, Polaris, ECPAT International, Freedom Fund, United Way Worldwide, Winrock International, Urban Justice Center, The University of Maryland SAFE Center, and many other organizations and individuals.

Image shows the cover of "Meaningful Engagement of People with Lived Experience" -- a diverse group of people are shown, looking confident.

“Meaningful Engagement of People with Lived Experience: a framework and assessment for measuring and increasing lived experience leadership across the spectrum of engagement” outlines the Lived Experience Engagement Spectrum, explains how to move your organization up the Lived Experience Inclusion Ladder, gives practical tips on how to address common barriers to meaningful lived experience engagement, and offers 30+ pages of surveys, tools, and evaluation guidance you can use to measure your organization’s progress toward meaningful survivor engagement.

Download the toolkit now: Meaningful Engagement of People with Lived Experience

Listen to the panel discussion live event here: Panel Discussion Launch Event (transcript available)

Meaningful Engagement of People with Lived Experience with Chris Ash and Sophie Otiende (video): Meaningful Engagement

Access a screen reader-accessible, text version of the framework: Meaningful Engagement – Text Only

Access a text version of the surveys and analysis instruments for filling directly in or for screen readers: Surveys and Analysis – Text Only

Access a Google Sheet designed to support your analysis and action planning: Meaningful Engagement Analysis Spreadsheet

Infographic with basic instructions for analyzing the survey results: Analyzing the Survey: Instructions

Have you seen the NSN’s new Resource Library? Check it out here: Resource Library