We asked Annual Meeting workshop organizers to give our blog readers a sneak peek at the events they have planned for AAA 2016. This post was submitted by Jean Schensul, Margaret LeCompte, and Margaret Weeks.
1. What makes your workshop a “must attend” event for the 2016 meeting?
Community-based participatory research or CBPR is a must for any anthropologist, educator and/or health, environmental or cultural researcher or professional wanting to do research that has practical as well as scientific value, with direct benefit for research/practice collaborators, and for others wanting to conduct similar work elsewhere. The ethical requirements of research that call for engagement with and dissemination back to study populations call for collaboration and partnership.
Working with communities, schools and clinics that suffer from the consequences of structural inequities calls for collaboration to dispel myths about research as exploitative and to ensure that the purposes, methods and results of research are directly useful. Collaboration in the research/practice interface ensures better and more situationally and culturally relevant research. This workshop replaces the tradition of ethnography as carried out by ethnographers with the contemporary practice of equitable collaboration in the production and use of knowledge.
2. What will be the number one takeaway from your workshop?
Participants will learn how to build strong and enduring interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral research partnerships, to generate useful research questions and models, to outline mixed methods research, intervention and evaluation proposals collaboratively and to consider innovative dissemination strategies.
3. Who will most benefit from attending your workshop?
People who are most likely to benefit from this workshop are educators, education and health researchers, interventionists and practitioners, and applied researchers, evaluators and research/activists at the undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral and early faculty levels.
4. What other events at the Annual Meeting tie in to your workshop?
This workshop is related to the following NAPA workshop event:
5-0241: Practical Evaluation Research Design
Saturday, November 19; 8:00am-12:00pm
National Association for the Practice of Anthropology
Organizers: Fatimah Williams Castro (Beyond the Tenure Track)
Presenters: Ellen Puccia (BETA Research Associates, Inc.) and Terry M. Redding (Independent Consultant)
ANTHROPOLOGICAL ENGAGEMENTS IN IMPLEMENTATION SCIENCE: CRITICAL REFLECTIONS ON EVIDENCE-BASED INTERVENTIONS IN COMPLEX SERVICE SYSTEMS (5-0965)
Society for Medical Anthropology
Saturday, November 19
4:00 PM – 5:45 PM
PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH: WHAT COUNTS AS EVIDENCE AND (WHEN) DOES IT MATTER? (3-0035)
Council on Anthropology and Education
Thursday, November 17
8:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Methods for Conducting Community Based Participatory Action Research in Schools and Communities will be held on Tuesday, November 15 at the AAA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis.
Find out how to register for this workshop, and check out the additional workshops available at the 2016 AAA Annual Meeting here.