Preventing Delinquency in AI/AN Youth Project Evaluation

    Barbara Friesen:  Co-P.I.

    Terry Cross:  Co-P.I. -NICWA

    Cori Matthew: Researcher -NAYA

    Jen Rountree: Researcher -NICWA

    L. Kris Gowen: Researcher

    Pauline Jivanjee: Researcher

    Abby Bandurraga: Graduate Research Assistant


    This project’s goal is to use a culturally based research methodology and integrated practice model to examine the extent to which delinquency is reduced when American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth achieve culturally-based, community defined outcomes. Objectives include providing new knowledge regarding: conditions that contribute to success, how these are fostered in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth, and how to measure them as indicators of effectiveness. The project involves three collaborating organizations:  The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA), the Native American Youth and Family Program (NAYA), and the Regional Research Institute at Portland State University (RRI/PSU). 


    NICWA, NAYA, and RRI created the primary research tools: an instrument and a research-grounded case management protocol. The NAYA Assessment Tool (NAT) and the NAYA Outcomes-based Planning Protocol (NOPP) are based on five-years of Community-Based Participatory Research focusing on the question, “What does success look like for Native youth?” NAT and NOPP data will be compared to AI/AN data from the Youth Behavior and Risk Surveillance Survey in three diverse AI/AN sites.