Practical and Relational Approaches to Engaging Asian Female Survivors of Violence, Including Populations with Limited English Proficiency

Session Number: 1635
Track: Collaborative, Participatory & Empowerment Evaluation
Session Type: Demonstration
Tags: collaborative evaluation, community-based participatory research, Community-Engaged Research, empowerment evaluation, Gender-based violence, Hard-to-reach population, mixed methods, Survey Methodology
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Rebecca Saito [Sr. Research Associate - Rainbow Research]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Razeena Shrestha, Ms. [Research Associate - Rainbow Research Inc.]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Katie Fogel, Ms. [Research Associate - Rainbow Research]
Time: Nov 11, 2017 (11:15 AM - 12:00 PM)
Room: Jefferson

Theme: Learning What Works and Why
Audience Level: Intermediate

Session Abstract (150 words): 

This presentation will focus on practical and relational approaches to engaging hard-to-reach populations. Our discussion will be based on our study on violence against Asian women and children, including survivors of violence, women who do not speak English and for whom topics of sex and violence are taboo. Through a statewide random sample and a metro-convenience sample, a total of 425 Asian women completed surveys and 80 participated in qualitative interviews and focus groups. We will share how our team employed culturally and contextually sensitive methods to overcome barriers to connecting and communicating with our desired population. We established deep connections in the Asian community – built on high levels of trust and mutual benefit – collaborating with five ethnicity specific community based organizations, sharing knowledge and power in determining study priorities, developing trauma-informed data collection protocols and training for interpreters and translators with participant safety as the primary consideration.