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Medicine Wheel - Quantitative Data Collection Instrument

Traditionally, the Medicine Wheel is meant to make sense of the world and bring order to it, without isolating or compartmentalizing our different understandings of it. It celebrates both the diversity and unity of our spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional experiences. These four categories make up its four quadrants. 

--Atlantic Council for International Cooperation 

Sustainability

Implementing strong database instruments collect qualitative data (i.e., stories) that can’t be captured in numbers. Having robust data analysis tools also helps you identify stories you didn’t know were there. Together, numbers and stories allow you to tell a detailed story about what you’re doing and why it is or isn’t working. The data can validate and add clarity and detail to your instincts and conventional practices. In turn, stories can help you to explore all that stuff you don’t know, identify new questions, and refine metrics and outcomes evidence.   

“…[T]he Medicine Wheel framework makes critical reflection essential. In the context of evaluation, this prompts our analysis to move beyond out‐ comes that lie on the surface – those that are easily observable and measurable – to capture deeper impacts, often linked to, but a little abstracted from the more obvious ones… [T]he Medicine Wheel Evaluation Framework provides the opportunity to deepen our understanding of a project and the outcomes it may have brought about. It fosters storytelling, as the stories of participants and other stakeholders help to round‐out and animate the project’s own story.”

 http://www.preventconnect.org/2015/02/culturally-relevant-evaluation-framework/   

Reintegration processes; lasting & powerful

The very core of organic peer support is having the lived experience. Without the lived experience the support can sometimes become more patronizing or possibly harmful to the individual’s recovery journey. Peer Supporters, Mentors and Coaches are able to support another individual in a unique way, it is your personal perspective of the experiences you equally have had in regards to incarceration and reentry to your respective communities. It is an equal playing field for both the peer and the peer supporter.