Online Program

Culturally Based Practices to Evidence Based Programs: A Medicine Wheel Approach to Evaluation Planning

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Nicole Butt, M.S. Ed., Ph.D., BEAR Consulting, LLC, Pewaukee, WI
Using evidence-based programs and practices in prevention work is increasingly a requirement of funders.  However, very few evidence-based programs are relevant to American Indian communities.  Rather, American Indian communities have a rich history of cultural practices that are successful in prevention to draw upon, but these are not recognized in the methodology of western science as evidence based.  Using the framework of the medicine wheel, this session will describe a four-step approach to developing an evaluation plan for culturally based practices and programs, translating Indigenous knowledge into the western framework to begin the process of gathering data to document efficacy of culturally based practices and programs.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Identify the four steps to a medicine wheel approach to evaluation planning. Demonstrate language translation Indigenous knowledge to the Western science paradigm.

Keyword(s): Methodology, Evidence-Based Practice

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been an evaluator for American Indian organizations for 12 years. As well I have been an evaluator for SAMHSA substance abuse grants for the past seven years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.