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Rapid Assessment Procedure (RAP)
An Anthropological qualitative study
University of Rochester Medical Center, Department of Public Health Sciences, Rochester, NY
Veteran's Administration Medical Center, Rochester, NY
Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Boston, MA
DeafDOC.org, Rochester, NY
- Purpose of Study
- What is the Problem?
- What are the Findings?
- Who Benefits from this Research?
- Recommendations for Action
- The RAP team
The National Center for Deaf Health Research (NCDHR) is committed to a collaborative participatory process that includes the community of Deaf American Sign Language users in all phases of research studies.
This evaluation study is part of an interactive, self-reflective process to refine NCDHR's principles and methods for maintaining an equitable partnership. Using an evaluation process grounded in anthropological approaches provided a way to conduct the study with community members as equal partners, to support mutual learning, and increase research capacity in the community.
All cross-cultural collaborations are at risk for problems in communication. The challenges of creating a truly participatory process are complicated by the need to work in both in English and in the language of the community participants, American Sign Language (ASL).
Communication problems went beyond problems of interpreting between ASL and English to include problems in translating research culture to community culture and visa versa.
Research has a culture with its own specialized language, rituals, and systems of hierarchy that can impede communication with community partners. The anthropological approach to evaluation created joint team of academics and community members that modeled CBPR principles.
- Community Members
Periodic evaluations of team dynamics are valuable in making mid-course corrections in team interactions and refining principles and methods for collaboration.
An anthropological approach to evaluation gave the study the additional benefit of modeling CBRP practices and is highly recommended as an approach to assessment.
Collaboration of Deaf Deaf and hearing people working together to conduct the RAP.
Nancy P. Chin, PHD, MPH (1), Heidi Thompson, BS (1), Matthew J. Starr, MPH (1), Elizabeth Finigan, MD (2), Susan Demers, MS (3), Carolyn Stern, MD (4)
Thompson H, Chin N, Starr MJ, Demers S, Finigan E, Stern C. Evaluating relationships between the research and the Deaf communities. Medical Student Research Display, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, Rochester, NY; 2008 Nov 14.