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1 Demystifying Research: You Don’t Have to Be an Academic to Plan and Evaluate Programs Midwest Farmworker Health Forum November 18, 2010 Austin, TX Alice Larson, Ph.D. Larson Assistance Services Liberty Day Ruihley, MS Health Outreach Partners

2 Challenges Brainstorm

3 Types of Research Academic ◦ Technical, for publication Informal/Informational ◦ Internet search, ask someone Mid-ground ◦ Structured research process All begin by identifying what you want to know…

4 Defining the Research Question What is the question or issue? ◦ Population ◦ Keep it simple How are we going to get the answers? ◦ Organizing upfront

5 What’s the Research Question? Scenario #1: The health center intends to increase the identification of farmworkers either with or at risk for developing diabetes through new screening process.

6 What’s the Research Question? Scenario #2: Employees of the health center think that the number of farmworkers coming into the clinic has been declining over the past few years.

7 What General Kinds of Information are You Looking For? Quantitative – numbers, counts Qualitative – opinions, what do you think or believe? You can mix quantitative and qualitative methods.

8 What Methods Can You Use to Gather Information? Third Party – existing sources ◦ Data bases ◦ Reports First Party – you generate the data ◦ Surveys ◦ Focus groups ◦ Observations ◦ Pre-post tests Use what you know Use a variety of methods and sources

9 Answering a Research Question Clearly state what your research question is going to be What techniques are you going to use to answer it? What information would you try to collect? What additional questions do you have about how to go about collecting information?

10 How to Put it All Together Go back to your research questions ◦ Go back to your list of broad topics ◦ That’s how you organize to analyze Two ways to analyze information ◦ Look at each method you used separately ◦ Use list of topics looking at all methods Look for patterns You have an obligation to report back to those who helped

11 Resources Handouts HOP Outreach Reference Manual ◦ www.outreach-partners.org www.outreach-partners.org Migrant Health Promotion Evaluation Toolkit ◦ www.migranthealth.org www.migranthealth.org Center for Sustainable Health Outreach Toolkit ◦ http://www.usm.edu/csho/index.html http://www.usm.edu/csho/index.html Community Health Worker Evaluation Toolkit ◦ http://www.publichealth.arizona.edu/chwtoolkit/toolki t.htm http://www.publichealth.arizona.edu/chwtoolkit/toolki t.htm

12 Wrapping it up Thank you! If you want more information please contact Liberty at liberty@outreach- partners.org or Alice at las@wolfenet.comliberty@outreach- partners.org las@wolfenet.com


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