We developed and employed a two-tiered survey nomination process to build the Indian Country Community Asset Map. Both surveys were first submitted to the University of Arkansas Institutional Review Board (IRB) process and determined to be exempt from IRB regulations. The tier one survey was then opened online to any interested individual to nominate projects, programs, or organizations in Indian Country doing good work in improving health, nutrition, food access, and food sovereignty for Tribal Nations; the tier two survey was a more focused survey instrument for individuals who represented all nominated organizations to do a deeper dive into their organization’s work. By employing this two-tiered process, we heard from both community members who utilize the programming of the nominated organizations as well as the organizations themselves. This process enabled us to get the most accurate information possible by directly contacting nominees after they were nominated in the first-tier open process, as well as collect data that paints a more holistic picture of the work the nominees are doing. A full copy of each survey is included at the end of this report for ease of reference.
The tier one survey was disseminated widely via email, our IFAI website, our IFAI social media channels, and announced on IFAI webinars as well as various intertribal conferences and gatherings during the survey process, including Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) mid-year meeting and the National Association of Food Distribution Programs on Indian Reservations (NAFDPIR) annual conference.
The tier two survey was directly communicated via email to representatives of all nominated organizations. Although not all nominated organizations included in this report were able to respond to the tier two survey, our team was still able to communicate via email and phone with each organization to verify the accuracy of the information we received from the tier one process and confirm that the organization did want to be included in the asset mapping process.
In tiers one and two combined, we received more than 100 individual responses to the surveys. The following pages discuss trends in the data from tier one and tier two.