Human Resources

American Indian/Alaska Native Youth Survey: In collaboration with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the PRC is conducting a web-based and paper survey that focuses on how Native youth (ages 12-21) currently view themselves and their future to help NCAI, tribal leaders, our partners, and other organizations better understand the needs of Native youth and identify strategies to support our next generation of leaders. The survey was launched in October 2008. Final results are anticipated in late winter/early spring 2009.

Child Welfare Community of Practice: Funded by a three-year grant from the Administration of Native Americans, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the PRC is and creating networks of scholars, practitioners, and policymakers around the topical areas of child welfare, climate change, and tribal governance. In fall 2008, a new interactive website in the areas of child welfare has been developed; registered users can share information and resources with one another.

Research for Tribal Communities Curriculum: Working with the First Americans Land-Grant Colleges and Organizations Network and the National Indian Child Welfare Association, the PRC has developed an Indigenous-based curriculum that provides tribal leaders with the tools and knowledge to assess and manage research projects proposed or conducted in their communities and/or initiate a research project driven by their own community. The project was funded by the Administration of Native Americans, U.S, Department of Health and Human Services in 2006. The curriculum has been piloted in four communities and will be finalized in winter 2008. Click here for an overview.

Community-Based Participatory Research: Identifying Promoters and Inhibitors of Good Practice in Native Communities: In partnership with faculty at the University of New Mexico and University of Washington, the PRC has proposed research with Native community-based participatory research (CBPR) projects to determine the conditions under which CBPR in Native communities is most effective. If funded, the project will result in a testable model of CBPR practice, produce site-specific and aggregate reports about the promoters and inhibitors of CBPR in Native communities, and allow for the comparison of Native data to data from other communities of color.

Well-being of Urban Indian Families and Children: The PRC, in partnership with the National Urban Indian Family Coalition and the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development has proposed an analysis of the well-being of urban Indian families and children. The project proposal entails an analysis of aggregate census data as well as specific data from 30-50 cities. Focus groups and case studies would complement quantitative analyses.

U.S Department of Health and Human Services Health Research Advisory Council (HRAC): The PRC serves as an alternate delegate to the HRAC, supporting Lt. Governor Jefferson Keel of the Chickasaw Nation, the NCAI delegate, and providing research support and technical assistance to this group. At the August 2008 HRAC meeting, the PRC shared our tribally-driven research agenda, research regulation papers, and an overview of our research curriculum.

Crafting a Collective Vision for the Future of Indian Country: In 2005, the PRC convened an interactive session to identify tribal priorities and develop a collective vision for tribal communities at the NCAI Annual Session. Click here for materials from the convening.

Native Youth Suicide Prevention: In partnership with the National Indian Child Welfare Association and Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health, the PRC convened a think tank with scholars and tribal representatives addressing Native youth suicide at the 2006 NCAI Mid-Year Session and compiled resources for tribal delegations to the September 2007 American Indian and Alaska Native Summit on Youth Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Healing. Click here for materials from June 2006 think tank.