Supporting Native American Tribes With Research and Evaluation Services.
Westat, Inc. Children, Youth, and Families Research Team.
1600 Research Blvd.
Rockville, MD 20850
This brief reviews efforts by Westat to conduct and support culturally responsive research in several areas of importance to Native American peoples. It highlights research efforts in the areas of children and families, education, self-governance, criminal justice, substance abuse, access to services, and health. Research efforts include: an analysis and environmental scan of child maltreatment cultural norms, development and marketing of youth eagle books for American Indian/Alaska Natives, the national evaluation of the Safe Kids/Safe Streets Program, the Teacher-to Teacher Initiative that provides a series of online modules to provide professional development opportunities for teachers of American Indians and Alaska Natives, the development of a research agenda for American Indian and Alaska Native education, a survey of jails in Indian Country, the Tribal Self- Governance Evaluation Feasibility Study, data collection for the Strategic Prevention Framework for the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council, collaboration to expand residential substance abuse treatment capacity, a study to identify barriers to applying for HHS grants, a survey to examine dietary exposure to the Upper Columbia River, and evaluation of smoking cessation and community education materials in American Indian/Alaska Native communities.
NATIVE AMERICANS; INTERAGENCY COLLABORATION; TRAINING MATERIALS; CULTURAL COMPETENCY; PROFESSIONAL TRAINING; TRIBES; TRIBAL SOCIAL SERVICES; COMMUNITY COOPERATION; COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES; COLLABORATION