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Winding Road


  • Do you need to know more about a particular concept or phenomena related to community health?

  • Do you need to collect information before you decide what to do next?

  • Do you know how to design and validate data collection instruments?

Qualitative and Quantitative 


Quantitative research is used to test or confirm theories and hypothesis and is expressed in numbers or graphs.  Qualitative research is expressed in words, it is the thoughts, feelings, concepts, and experiences of individuals and communities.  The AKA team can help develop your research question, methods, data collection, and analysis using these two methods of research. 

Mixed Methods Research

​Mixed methods research combines elements of quantitative and qualitative approaches within the same study to gain insight and understanding to the research questions. The multi-disciplinary team of statisticians and qualitative researchers at AKA have years of experience implementing mixed methods research to answer public health questions.

Capacity Building Evaluation

Evaluation is an important tool used to assess goals, share strengths, identify needs, and empower communities.  The AKA team works to develop capacity in individuals and organizations to engage in and sustain evaluation practices. 

Focus Groups

Focus groups are a research technique that brings people together to provide insights into a research question or topic.  The AKA team can help with every stage of the focus group process including protocol and question development, data collection, analysis, and reporting of findings. 

Surveys and Questionaires

The AKA team can help develop surveys and questionnaires as part of a research study, evaluation, or population-based data collection.  Our team works to identify the current tools in the research, validates existing tools, and can create new instruments that best meet your project’s needs.

Literature Reviews

Literature reviews are a core component of the work at AKA.  They serve as an overview of previously published works on a specific topic and are important in research, evaluation, and program development.  

Peer Reviewed Publicatin


Part of our work is translating practice into research and research into practice. One of the ways that we do this is through publications in peer reviewed journal articles. Dissemination of evaluation and research efforts occurs through presentations, write-ups, infographics, trainings, and publications. Publications highlight what we have learned from research and evaluation initiatives.  

For more publications and research resources visit ResearchGate.

American Indian and Alaska Native Life Expectancy: Writing a New Narrative

Research Ethics and Indigenous Communities.

A Qualitative Investigation of Policy for Youth with Problematic Sexual Behavior

Healers Need Healing Too: Results from the Good Road of Life Training

Comparability of Survey Measures in Hard to Reach Populations: Methods and Recommendations

Indigenous Methodologies in Research: Social Justice and Sovereignty: Foundations of Community-Based Research “Mapping” Indigenous Presence

Complementary Alternative Medicine: A Culturally Centered Approach to Managing Chronic Pain from One American Indian Community

Obesity, Environmental Interventions, and Tribal Nations

Critical Reflections from a Community-Based Participatory Research Course

Efficacy of an mHealth Intervention (BRAVE) to Promote Mental Wellness for American Indian and Alaska Native Teenagers and Young Adults: Randomized Controlled Trial

Preventing Substance Use in American Indian Youth: The Case for Social Support and Community Connections

Integrating Students into Interdisciplinary Health and Health Disparities Research Teams

Documenting Resiliency of American Indian Youth: Preliminary Results from Native PRIDE’s Intergenerational Connections Project

American Indian Student Internships and the Pursuit of Equity inEducation

Informed Contraceptive Decisions: A Qualitative Study of Hispanic Teens in New Mexico

Rethinking Recovery: A Qualitative Study of American Indian Perspectives on Peer Recovery Support

Tribal Perspectives on Hypertension: Results From the Center for Native American Health Native-CHART Needs Assessment

Text Messaging Intervention for Mental Wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native Teens and Young Adults (BRAVE Study): Analysis of User Engagement Patterns.

Social determinants of incidence, outcomes, and interventions of cardiovascular disease risk factors in American Indians and AlaskaNatives

Centering Native Youths’ Needs and Priorities: Findings from the 2020 Native Youth Health Tech Survey

Feasibility Testing a Family-Level Intervention to Prevent Risky Sex Behaviors Among Middle School–Age Latinas

The Next Generation of American Indian Public Health Workers: What We Learned From The PHWEIC Project

Responsible Fatherhood Program for Native Men: A Mixed Method Evaluation of the Good Road of Life Training

Defining Cultural Resilience to Strengthen Native Youth

Effectiveness of Native STAND: A Five-Year Study of a Culturally Relevant Sexual Health Intervention

Is Culturally Based Prevention Effective? Results From a 3-year Tribal Substance Use Prevention Program

Exploring child welfare workers' attitudes and practice with fathers

The BRAVE Study: Formative Research to Design a Multimedia Intervention for American Indian
and Alaska Native Young Adults

Layers of consciousness: An autoethnographic study of the comprehensive exam process

Substance Use and Mental Health: Preliminary Surveillance Findings From an American Indian Population

Fathers’ Perspectives on Supports and Barriers That Affect Their Fatherhood Role

Peer Recovery Support in American Indian Communities: A Qualitative Intrinsic Case Study Approach

American-Indian diabetes mortality in the Great Plains Region 2002–2010

Recruiting and Engaging American Indian and Alaska Native Teens and Young Adults in a SMS Help-Seeking Intervention: Lessons Learned from the BRAVE Study

A Public Health Approach: Documenting the Risk and Protective Factors of Suicide Ideation in One American Indian Community

Establishing the Reliability and Validity of the Sources of Strength in one American Indian Community

A Review of Tribal Best Practices in Substance Abuse Prevention

Assessing the Impact of American Indian Peer Recovery Support on Substance Use and Health

Participatory Visual Methods for
American Indian Communities and Mental Health Conversations

Exploring Recovery: Findings From a Six-year Evaluation of an American Indian Peer Recovery Support Program

Are American Indian/Alaska Native Adolescent Health Behaviors Different? A Review of AI/AN Youth Involved in Native STAND Curriculum, 2014-2017 United States.

Survey Development: Community-Involvement in the Design and Implementation Process

Psychometric evaluation of protective measures in Native STAND: A multi-site cross sectional study of American Indian Alaska Native high school students

A Qualitative Review of Barriers and Facilitators Identified While Implementing the Native Students Together Against Negative Decisions Curriculum in a Multisite Dissemination and Implementation Study

A Feasibility Evaluation of the Urban Native Youth Leaders Program

Recommendations from an American Indian reservation community-based suicide prevention program

A Model of Stakeholder Engagement with American Indians and Alaska Natives from the Native-CHART Study

“I Managed It Pretty Good”: Birth Narratives of Adolescent Mothers.

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