Defining Youth Success Using Culturally Appropriate Community-Based Participatory Research Methods
These authors report on the development of a culturally grounded method for measuring outcomes and demonstrating the effectiveness of culturally specific services for Native American youth. This method was developed out of a community-based participatory research project involving Native elders, families, youth, community partners, and members of an organization serving an urban American Indian community. Through a series of focus groups, participants defined success for Native youth. Responses were analyzed using the four quadrants of the Relational Worldview model, an indigenous way of understanding life from a concept of wholeness and balance as a framework. The authors describe the cultural adaptations necessary in conducting the focus groups and analyzing the data. They summarize focus group results, illustrating key themes with participant quotes, and also highlight next steps in the development of a practice-based approach to demonstrating the effectiveness of culturally specific services. Modified Author Abstract.