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Jennifer Jewiss

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Leadership and Developmental Sciences, College of Education and Social Services, University of Vermont

How I work with Harvest

Dr. Jewiss provides qualitative research and program evaluation expertise to the project. She serves as an advisor on the evaluation of Harvest, including the development of the evaluation plan and corresponding data collection, analysis, and reporting strategies. In addition, Dr. Jewiss will lead the design of qualitative research protocols and the collection, analysis, and reporting of qualitative data, which will inform case studies of selected organizations that use remote sensing data. She will review and analyze relevant documents and conduct interviews with members of the case study organizations. The findings from the case studies will be used to advance understanding of the use of remote sensing data in various contexts and assess the value of integrating remote sensing data into decision-making processes.

Biography

Dr. Jewiss is a qualitative research and evaluation methodologist and practitioner. She specializes in utilization-focused and developmental approaches to evaluation that help organizational leaders design new projects and improve existing efforts. Dr. Jewiss has worked with national, state, and local entities, including government agencies and not-for-profit organizations. She has studied a wide array of initiatives, including environmental, health, human service, public safety, transportation, and leadership development programs. Over the past decade, she has served as a primary partner of the U.S. National Park Service Stewardship Institute (formerly the Conservation Study Institute), an entity charged with leading research and evaluation efforts and fostering collaboration and engagement among the agency’s numerous parks, programs, and partner organizations. She is a regular presenter at international conferences hosted by the American Evaluation Association and former Co-Chair of the association’s Qualitative Methods Topical Interest Group. In 2015-2016, she served on the International Scientific Committee for an inaugural research and evaluation conference that opened the 10th Annual Meeting of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Creative Cities Network. Dr. Jewiss co-edited a 2014 volume published by Jossey-Bass entitled, Qualitative Inquiry in Evaluation: From Theory to Practice.