Researching Resilience and Evaluating Resilience-Promoting Programs: Culturally and Contextually Sensitive, Mixed Methods Approaches to Transformative Inquiry
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 3-4 p.m.
Dr. Michael Ungar, Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience; professor of social work, Dalhousie University; director of the Resilience Research Centre
In this presentation, Dr. Michael Ungar will explore how we can study resilience and evaluate resilience-promoting programs using mixed methods designs. The focus will be on how to use these methods in participatory ways to develop knowledge that informs policy and practice. A brief introduction to the theory of resilience and wellbeing will be followed by an overview of mixed methods (e.g., qualitative grounded theory approaches to visual methods and arts based assessment; quantitative approaches to instrument development, longitudinal research with difficult to reach populations; etc.) and examples of their use in studies conducted by the Resilience Research Centre. Discussion will include topics such as contextualization, measure development, sample selection, data collection, analysis, seeking convergence between the qualitative and quantitative data, and knowledge mobilization. Participants are encouraged to bring questions relating to their own research topics.
Presented by Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science