We can’t change what we don’t know
Research can be an amazing strategy to initiate change. We love to get to know research projects that truly try to make the world a better place. One of those projects is the “VOICES – OUR SURVEY, OUR VOICE, OUR WAY” study currently being undertaken by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Ventures, which we are happy to sponsor with free MAXQDA licenses.
In 2003 the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (CRST) was one of three tribes selected by the Northwest Area Foundation (NWAF) to participate in the Ventures program to address the root causes of poverty. The goal of the VOICES research is to identify community and economic development priorities for residents of the Cheyenne River Reservation. Here is a picture of the research team in their current work phase: data cleaning.
The Cheyenne River VOICES Research Study
The reservations of the Lakota nation in South Dakota, USA are considered one of the poorest regions in the United States.
The VOICES study focuses on household finances, community concerns, and economic challenges on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. The research involves a series of questions about work history, background, government programs, small business or microenterprise experience, household income and expenses, and health to help identify culturally appropriate community and economic development opportunities on the reservation.
Here are a few facts about the Household & Familiy Survey
- Survey 1000 randomly selected family head of households
- One hour interviews for each household
- Topics: work history, work background, government programs they have been part of, any small business or microenterprise experience they have, household income and expenses, and health
- Basic demographics
The VOICES Research Study
Want to learn more about this interesting research project? Watch this short video that introduces the survey.