After spending the past six years engaged in diverse fields of research, my research interests have become quite eclectic.
My own research program explores a current debate on issues of legitimacy within the work of International Non-governmental Organizations (INGOs). Specifically, the 21st Century has witnessed a growing number of critics claiming that the impact of INGOs has been more “noise than substance”. I propose that at the center of this debate lies two areas where INGOs are in need of addressing: accountability and effectiveness. Having operationalized dimensions of INGO accountability and effectiveness based on previous literature, my master’s thesis explored the perspectives of INGOs and those working within INGOs regarding their understanding, opinions, and experiences on issues of accountability and effectiveness; whether convergences or divergences exist between their voices and what is found within the existing literature; and ultimately, how insights gleamed can contribute to furthering this debate.
Currently, I am a Research Associate for the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, a centre that conducts research that matters to the Circumpolar Sub-Arctic Region, the Provincial Norths, and Northern Saskatchewan. Focus is placed on the following research areas: (1) governance, (2) health and social development, (3) innovation and entrepreneurship, (4) capacity building, and (5) resource development and environmental management. My role at ICNGD is to oversee, support, and advance multiple ongoing research projects, as well as provide communications support for the Centre.
From 2011 – 2013, I was the Research and Program Evaluation Analyst for the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness (GMCTE) and the University Learning Centre (ULC) at the University of Saskatchewan. My role was to provide program evaluation and research support on various ongoing programs, initiatives and research projects related to teaching and learning at GMCTE and ULC, as well to conduct consultations on research design, methodology, methods and analysis for faculty interested in research on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).
From 2008-2011, I was the research officer for the research study, “Managing Quality in Canadian Hospitals”, led by Dr. Rein Lepnurm and the MERCURi Research Group at the University of Saskatchewan. This longitudinal mixed methods research project investigates the impact of management and work environment factors on the quality of care provided to patients suffering from a set of tracer conditions (myocardial infarct, stroke, hysterectomy & prostate disease) in the medical and surgical units of the major hospitals within the Saskatoon Health Region. I also served as the project representative for the “Managing Quality in Canadian Hospitals” study in the summer of 2011 where I disseminated the results to health service managers and physicians in the Capital District Health Authorities (CDHA) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada as part of the proposed expansion of the study to the CDHA.
My research interests include: International Non-Governmental/Non-profit Organizations, Institutional Ethnography, Public Sociology, Engaged Scholarship, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.