Assessment Tools

Lived Experience policies, programs and practices that #ActivateHope

Organizational Champions:

How can our organization take lived experience to the next level?

Organizations with a focus on prevention of suicide already include significant lived experience that can be a resource for improving services, changing the culture and providing hopeful leadership in their communities. Readiness to do take lived experience inclusion to the next level varies and can be enhanced as well. Questions that arise in taking lived experience to lived expertise within organizations can include:


  • how do we actively recruit people with lived experience and avoid problems related to HIPPAA, personal confidentiality etc?
  • how can we include the voice of lived experience more actively in leadership and program design?
  • What human resource policies might be adjusted or created to support a workplace wellness culture that is also high performing?
  • How do we manage/consider culture change and program design as it relates to professional licensure, peer specialist positions etc?
  • How can counselors and others share the healing power of lived experience while maintaining excellent listening /therapeutic standards?

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Organizational Assessment of Readiness today!

Lived Experience to Lived Expertise:

“the power of hope”

The Activating Hope Systems Change Self-Assessment instrument is designed to be used as part of an internal dialogue that suicide prevention organizations and entities undertake for their own values-based, quality improvement process. It is not intended to be used by an external entity or even internal leadership in isolation to quantitatively ‘rate’ an organization’s lived experience success. The reason for this is that culture within an organization is not easily assessed by anyone or even a select few of its members. Similarly, organizational culture change that is significant and which may affect many community members personally has the best chance of success when it engages a diverse group of those members in the process of self-assessment, action, and review.

This Self-Assessment tool may be useful, however, to frame introductory inquiry into these issues as a ‘conversation starter’ among peers, leadership, and colleagues. It provides, among other things, a series of concrete items and possible action steps that may be new and helpful to any organization in considering these directions. In any case, the value of the instrument is in creating a view for comparison, priorities, and objectives for positive change directions—it should be used and/or shared with that in mind.

Part 1: Personal Considerations

Part 2: Goals

Personal Experience Champions: How can my experience make a difference?

People with lived experience have many options for making difference to reduce suicide. Thinking about why, how and where to do this is important, especially when it comes to personal disclosure. ACTIVATING HOPE provides assistance and tools that can be useful for anyone exploring the questions such as: 

  • Am I ready? How do I evaluate the pros and cons of personal disclosure?
  • Where, where and how could I talk about my experience with suicide and recovery?
  • What things would I want to think about in considering disclosure of my lived experience?
  • What kinds of roles might I play as a person with lived experience?

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Personal Self-Assessment of Readiness today!


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Activating Hope begins . . . when organizations and people with lived experience join together to meaningfully dialogue and evaluate, to re-think and rebuild, and to create new resources that can save lives.