This section on emerging evidence will provide you with examples of less-common approaches used to assess the effectiveness of culture-centered practices for underserved populations. The process of building evidence for complex field-driven practice, where culture is a key factor of influence, requires a different approach to evidence.
Emerging evidence is defined as
Information about intervention outcomes gathered in the field, using a wide range of participatory action research methods including ethnography, systematic observation, and quasi-experimental designs that do not depend on comparison groups. Emerging evidence typically excludes evidence derived from randomized control trials.
Culture-centered practices are defined as
Practices that are informed and guided by the social structures and cultural beliefs of the population of focus.
Examining the therapeutic benefits of culture-centered practices within the cultural context of underserved populations requires the use of emerging evidence methods that consider external validity and variations on context.
The evidence from these examples reveals how culture-centered practices are effective in real-world community settings. Using video discussion and case studies, the Emerging Evidence section supports the NREPP registry by encouraging the mutual discovery of emerging evidence-building approaches for underserved populations among communities, practitioners, and researchers.