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Presented at the 21st Annual Research Conference

Supporting and Developing Evidence for Community Defined Practices in Diverse Communities: A Multi Site Model in Seattle, Washington

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Presenting: Davis Ja

All Authors for this paper: Davis Ja

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: Evidenced based practices (EBP) have provided diverse communities with intervention approaches that have been “proven” successful. Yet for many culturally diverse communities, the “evidence” for successful implementation of EBP have not been made. Despite this, many funders have adopted specific EBPs with little appreciation of practice based interventions. This presentation provides an example of a multi-site design for conducting evaluations with community based “organically” developed interventions resulting in demonstrating “promising practices” for youth serving community agencies.

Community Defined Evidence: A New Paradigm to Measure “What Works” in Communities of Color

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Presenting: Ken Martinez

All Authors for this paper: Ken Martinez

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: This part of the Symposium will present an alternative to the empirical method to arrive at best practices “that work” with and for populations of color. The traditional “top down” research approach may not be the best method so a supplemental approach is proposed that relies upon community experience and expertise to guide the process in an inclusive participatory action research model. The model places value on existing community knowledge that needs discovering as opposed to new knowledge that is academically developed.

Community Defined Evidence Models to Measure Practice Effectiveness in Diverse Communities

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Session Number: 45 Room: Salon G

Presenting: Ken Martinez; Lynn Marsenich

All Authors for this paper: Ken Martinez; Lynn Marsenich

Presentation Type: brief symposium

Synopsis: This symposium will present approaches to establishing evidence using cultural and/or community indices based on community-defined practices. The first presentation will propose a different paradigm to measure “what works” in communities of color by discussing the use of culturally-informed methodologies and measurement practices to distill the “essential elements” of successful practices. The goals are to influence policy and practice by positively influence academicians/ researchers, governmental entities and public and private funders to use appropriate culturally and community-defined evidence criteria when addressing the needs of populations of color. Additionally, an inventory of community defined evidence practices and current ESTs/EBTs/EBPs as well as cultural adaptations that have proven to work will be conducted and a research and evaluation agenda for the implementation and use of community-defined and based practices and ESTs/EBTs that are effective with populations of color will be proposed. The second presentation presents an example of an multi-site evaluation of five community practiced based interventions which presents evidenced for a set of “promising practices”. This study in Seattle attempts to establish evidence for practice based interventions established by five youth serving community agencies. As EBPs begin to dominate the funding landscape, many culturally diverse communities feel these EBPs ignore their experiences and successes with difficult to reach youth populations. In Seattle, funded by private foundations, this evaluation attempts to provide these agencies with evidence of the efficacy of their experience and efforts with difficult to reach youth populations. The overall strategy is to bring to bear evaluation resources that are often out of the reach of community based organizations serving diverse inner city populations. This presents a model effort in demonstrating that “promising practices” of these organizations may in fact be as successful as any EBP both in outcomes and in cost.

Date: Monday, February 25, 2008

Session Time: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM