We know how to work with communities.
Our multi-disciplinary consulting team works to select the right approach for each client. We use a variety of methods to ensure a balanced approach that meets funding agency requirements while honoring cultural context and protocols. Many of our projects build on traditional, validated research methods.
Research and Evaluation
Do you need to know more 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? AKA can assist you with various research project by:
- Developing research studies
- Developing and adapting data collection instruments
- Validating data collection instruments
- Conducting literature reviews
- Communicating results to various audiences.
Examples of the kinds of research support we provide include:
- Qualitative Research
- Quantitative Research
- Mixed Methods Research
- Capacity Building Evaluation
- Focus Groups
- Stakeholder Interviews
- Surveys and Questionnaires
- Literature Reviews
Evaluation Planning and Implementation
Our evaluation services focus primarily on the needs of underserved communities, tribal leaders, tribal health departments, tribal recovery programs, and non-profit organizations on reservations throughout Montana and Wyoming. Our lead consultant has worked on a variety of tribal, local, state, regional, and national projects employing culturally-driven evaluation methods.
Our work upholds the unique values and protocols of the tribes we work with. We strive to work closely with each tribe to develop the most appropriate and meaningful evaluation approach. Our services include:
- Evaluation Design
- Data collection (qualitative and quantitative)
- Needs assessment
- Interpretation of research results
- Report writing
- Publication and dissemination of results
Do you need to know if an existing program is achieving its designed outcomes? Do you have to conduct an external evaluation of a program you received government funding for? We can help you answer these questions and more by designing and conducting comprehensive program evaluations.
Training and Technical Assistance
Do you want to improve your understanding of concepts important to your organization or community? Let our team of expert associates help strengthen your capacity to implement quality programs and research initiatives. Our clients are impressed with the quality of training we provide. Many of our associates are also professional educators.
We offer tailored training and technical assistance in the following areas:
- Needs Assessment
- Training Curriculum Development
- Cultural Competency
- Motivational Interviewing
- Indigenous Focused Evaluation
- Rural Evaluation
- Survey Development
- Ethics and Confidentiality
- Institutional Review Board Training & Applications
- Partnerships and Collaboration
- General Evaluation Support
- Applied Research
Our grant support services focus on helping clients as they develop grant proposals and documenting results. We’ve written a number of successful grant applications to agencies including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control, Center for State and Territorial Epidemiologists, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, the Indian Health Service, and more. These grants have resulted in more than $20 million dollars in grant funding for tribes throughout Montana and Wyoming to address community-identified health disparities.
Our services range from facilitating the grant application process through planning activities and discussions among partners, to reviewing, writing and/or editing sections of the proposal itself. We strive to work closely with our clients to develop proposals that reflect their needs and what the community views as most important to them.
Our grant support services include, but are not limited to:
- Grant Application Review
- Management and Coordination
- Grants Management
- Grants Monitoring
- Grantee Training and Technical Assistance
- Sustainability Planning