Hosted by: Society for Medical Anthropology
Partnered with: Society for Psychological Anthropology
Of interest to: Students, quantitative and mixed-methods anthropologists, anthropologists focused on mental health
Primary Theme: Academic Career Development, Practicing / Applied Career Development, Technical Skill Development
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Increasingly, anthropologists are engaging with mixed-methods research. The development of culturally-appropriate measurement tools is an important yet challenging part of this process, particularly for anthropologists interested in cognitive or medical anthropology. Using instruments that best reflect local ethnobiologies and ethnopsychologies, explanatory models, and experiences of health and illness are essential for ensuring validity. Anthropologists are ideally suited to identify such relevant categories and constructs but are not always trained in translating ethnographic findings into quantitative measures. This workshop will introduce participants to the concepts and methods that are central to developing appropriate, ethnographically valid measurement tools.
This workshop is an interactive participatory teaching session consisting of small group activities facilitated by researchers with instrument development experience in multiple settings. There will be an emphasis on measurement tools that are used in the context of health research and interventions. The workshop will begin with a discussion of the limitations of using standard instruments for cross-cultural health and mental health assessment. Participants will be exposed to the novel tool development process, and facilitators will guide participants through a simulated tool development exercise. Participants will be exposed to pile sort and free-listing procedures and basic thematic analysis procedures to demonstrate how qualitative and ethnographic data can be used to develop items for instruments. The group will then discuss instrument piloting and refinement, including quantitative and qualitative techniques. Workshop participants will develop foundational skills and will be provided with resources for future reference as they seek to apply these strategies in their own work.