Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System

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FY 2018 Community Conversations Research

Executive Summary

The Tribal/University Community Research (TUCR) project at the University of Wisconsin--Madison (UW) seeks to community defined research projects with 11 Tribal Nations in Wisconsin using a culturally responsive, scientifically rigorous, and multi-jurisdictional (public and Tribal governments) design, which will also build the research capacity and cultural competency skills of UW to authentically and appropriately be a research partner supporting Tribal Nations. The TUCR goal is to support tribally driven and community-based research projects to address longstanding health and social issues--specifically the opioid crisis--using a culturally responsive and scientifically rigorous research model that can be applied and used in for other projects in the future that Tribes and Universities choose to partner on. The 2-year TUCR project will use tribally driven participatory research (TDPR) and community-based participatory (CBPR) to authentically engage Tribal Nations, coalitions, and non-Tribal university faculty, staff, and community participants as true partners in research studies. Tribes will receive development and support as research leaders so they can plan and co-develop their own local, health-focused TDPR/CBPR projects. Non-Tribal university, non-profit, and public agency partners will receive training and technical assistance with the cultural, political, social, and academic competencies needed to support TDPR/CBPR within Tribal contexts and Tribal Nations and jurisdictions. The TUCR project has the following objectives.

Objective 1. Build statewide networks and relationships with an academic institution (UW), a public organization (Serve Wisconsin), a coalition (Alliance for Wisconsin Youth [AWY]), and decision makers (leadership, legislators, policy makers) that value tribal contributions and increase civic engagement in Tribal communities as a critical component in addressing substance/opioid abuse and other chronic social or educational issues in Wisconsin.

Objective 2. Develop culturally responsive and scientific knowledge, skills, and competencies of the Tribal and non-Tribal participants who then will lead, co-lead, or support TDPR/CBPR local research projects.

Objective 3. Using the TUCR model, engage Tribal Nations in Wisconsin through the Tribal AmeriCorps Program (TAP) and AWY to identify local issues, current activities, and needs/gaps where TDPR/CBPR projects could further address long-standing local problems.

Objective 4. Support the implementation and completion of TDPR/CBPR projects to address local issues, build research capacities, and disseminate evidence-based practices of the project and emerging Tribal/University research model.

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