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10.25 Coffee Break Conversation: Five Core Processes for Enhancing the Quality of Qualitative Evaluation

Jennifer Jewiss, Independent Consultant, Jennifer Jewiss Consulting LLC

Jennifer Jewiss, EdD is an independent consultant specializing in qualitative approaches to evaluation, research, and organizational development. In 2002, Jennifer earned a doctorate in leadership and policy studies and for 19 years served as a research faculty member in the College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont. Over the past two decades, she has led studies of human service, education, medical, transportation, and environmental initiatives for government agencies, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and universities. Jennifer has collaborated with colleagues on projects funded by the U.S. National Park Service, NASA, Vermont Women's Fund, Vermont Department of Transportation, Vermont Humanities Council, Dartmouth College, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Office of Rural Health Policy, and an array of other organizations. She also serves as a methodological advisor to researchers and evaluators in academic institutions and consulting firms. In partnership with AEA colleagues Leslie Goodyear, Janet Usinger, and Eric Barela, she co-edited Qualitative Inquiry in Evaluation: From Theory to Practice, which was published by Jossey-Bass in 2014. Jennifer is excited to once again offer her full-day professional development workshop, Qualitative Inquiry in Evaluation: An Introduction to Core Concepts and Data Collection Methods, live and in-person at Eval2022 in New Orleans.

This Coffee Break webinar introduces a practitioner-friendly conceptual model that illuminates five core processes for enhancing the quality of qualitative inquiry in evaluation. The model, featured in Qualitative Inquiry in Evaluation: From Theory to Practice, can serve as a valuable touchstone when designing and conducting evaluations that include qualitative components. Following a brief overview of the model as a whole, the webinar will delve deeper into the first element: acknowledging who you are, what you bring to the work, and what you need to learn. Engaging in this sort of reflexivity is essential for examining one’s positionality and subjectivity and fostering cultural humility and inclusivity throughout the evaluation process.

Date and Time:
Tuesday, October 25th, 3:00 - 3:25 PM EDT