Annual Meeting 2016
NAPA ACTIVITIES AND SPECIAL EVENTS AT AAA 2016
Please verify locations for sessions and activities on site.
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 16
Kicking off all NAPA activities at AAA will be a Wednesday afternoon session on anthropological practice and impacts in a number of settings.
IMPACTS OF ANTHROPOLOGY: MAKING MEANING IN VARIED ENVIRONMENTS (2-0485)
4:00 PM – 5:45 PM
Organizer: Alison Montgomery, Millennium Challenge Corporation
THURSDAY, Nov. 17
NAPA GOVERNING COUNCIL MEETING (3-0651)
12:15 PM – 4:15 PM
(This event will be held off site. Please attend the Business Meeting on Friday evening to find out about NAPA current events and to put forth your questions and comments.)
Thursday afternoon sees a session on the growing and compelling field of design anthropology.
DESIGN ANTHROPOLOGY: DISCOVERY AND EVIDENCE OF EMERGING PATHWAYS IN ANTHROPOLOGY (3-1245)
4:00 PM – 5:45 PM
Organizer: Christine Miller, Illinois Institute of Technology
Chair: Emilie Hitch, Rabbit
FRIDAY, Nov. 18
Early Friday morning will see a roundtable on evaluation anthropology, exploring evidence and research design.
EVALUATING EVIDENCE AND RESEARCH DESIGN IN EVALUATION ANTHROPOLOGY (4-0065)
8:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Organizer: Eve Pinsker
Chairs: Eve Pinsker, Mary Butler
Always well attended, the annual Career Expo provides up close and personal conversations with practitioners from a number of different backgrounds who share their stories and thoughts on building careers in practice.
11TH ANNUAL NAPA/AAA CAREERS EXPO: EXPLORING PROFESSIONAL CAREERS (4-0605)
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Organizer(s): Daniel Ginsberg, American Anthropological Association
Cathleen Crain, LTG Associates, Inc.
This wide-ranging discussion will ask how people come into anthropological careers, quality improvement ethnography, and revolutionizing engineering education.
PERCEPTIONS AND PERFORMANCE AT UNIVERSITY AND AT WORK: DOES IT MATTER HOW WELL THEY ARE ALIGNED? (4-1245)
4:00 PM – 5:45 PM
Organizer: Elizabeth Briody, Cultural Keys LLC
Chair: Maryann McCabe, Cultural Connections LLC
Please attend the NAPA Business Meeting on Friday night. Hear about NAPA governance and planning, and contribute your voice and ideas to how NAPA is run. The Student Awards will be presented, and we will also be recognizing the winner of our inaugural Volunteer Award.
NAPA BUSINESS MEETING (4-1475)
7:45 PM – 9:00 PM
SATURDAY, Nov. 19
Practical Evaluation Research Design
This workshop will focus on designing evaluation research as an external, contracted evaluator. Topics will include: determining the type of evaluation needed, understanding what types of methods are appropriate based on what will be evaluated, balancing the needs of the funder and other stakeholders, determining the appropriate deliverables, engaging stakeholders from the beginning of a project, deciding who to include in the design process, and budgeting.
Presenters: Ellen Puccia (BETA Research Associates, Inc.) and Terry M Redding (Independent Consultant)
Being the Anthropologist: Successfully Using Mixed Methods in Applied Work (5-0675)
This workshop focuses on combining qualitative and quantitative data in a mixed methods approach, specifically, integrating survey data (popular with stakeholders as it is inexpensive, has many respondents, and is easily analyzed and presented) with focus group and interview data (useful in understanding the whole picture). Topics also include: explaining the value of qualitative data to others and being an anthropologist, often the only anthropologist, at work.
Presenter: Ellen Puccia (BETA Research Associates, Inc.)
On Saturday afternoon a special roundtable will explore the key issues of ethics and communication from the perspectives of a diverse panel, and of course audience contributions will season the mix.
PRACTICE, EVIDENCE, AND ETHICS: COMMUNICATING ANTHROPOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPED THROUGH PRACTICE (5-0940)
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Organizer: Kerry Fosher, Marine Corps University
Chairs: Elizabeth Briody, Cultural Keys LLC
Saturday afternoon will focus on access to healthcare for military veterans in rural areas.
INCREASING ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE FOR RURAL POPULATIONS (5-0835)
1:45 PM – 3:30 PM
Organizer and Chair: Bridget Cotner, James A Haley Veterans Hospital
Another favorite is the NAPA Networking Event, a socially oriented gathering to mingle and connect with practitioners and students.
NAPA NETWORKING EVENT (5-1160)
7:45 PM – 9:00 PM
Of Special Note:
A special CoPAPIA event of great interest for NAPA members is slated for Saturday during AAA.
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
“FINDING A HOME IN AAA FOR PRACTICING, PUBLIC, AND APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGISTS” (5-0605) is a special roundtable discussion that aims to provide an opportunity for practitioner, applied, public, and professional anthropologists to briefly air some of their satisfaction and dissatisfaction with AAA, brainstorm on ways to make AAA more responsive to their needs and contributions, and develop recommendations for AAA leadership. This will be a highly participatory session. Session participants’ feedback (with no identifying information) will be shared with CoPAPIA, NAPA, and AAA leadership, so every participant’s voice counts.
Organizers: Karl Hoerig and Laurie Krieger.