Researcher moving into UX
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Moderating and Interviewing

I have interviewed dozens of respondents, either in person or on the phone.

I've done phone and in-person interviews; I prefer open-end interviews with a minimal discussion guide that changes to reflect new findings as research goes on.


Identifying and Motivating Nonprofit Donors and Members

Problem

A local nonprofit wanted to know more about who their donors and members were - and how to increase donations.

Methods

Telephone interviews with over 30 donors and members. Interviews began with open-end questions about donation, involvement with the nonprofit, and best experiences with the nonprofit, then moved to directed message testing and rating.

Role

Collaborated on discussion guide

Moderated 1/3 of interviews

Collaborated on final PowerPoint report

Collaborated on internal brown-bag lunch presentation on nonprofit research

Skills

Interviewing

GoToMeeting

Report planning

Presentation


Studying Social Reading in Different Contexts

Problem

We're shaped by what we read - and almost as much by who we read it with. Are there differences between reading the same kind of book in a non-religious setting and reading it in a religious setting?

Methods

Compared book groups organized through churches and synagogues to book groups organized through non-religious institutions, by participating in seven book groups over nine months and interviewing over 50 members

Interviews were open-ended, using a discussion guide, and took place in respondents' homes or local cafes.

Role

Designed and carried out all research

Secured funding from the Fichter Research Grant at the Association for the Sociology of Religion

Reported findings in my dissertation; defended and presented research at conferences.

Skills

Research design

Recruiting participants (groups and individuals)

Interviewing / Ethnography

Writing / Presenting (long form and short articles)