ResearchTalk is proud and honored to welcome Michael Quinn Patton to our qualitative scholar team. We’re also excited to welcome back Geni Eng, Melvin Jackson,  Alexandra Lightfoot, and Jennifer Schaal.

Our first Spring Seminar Series will be held at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, a wonderful facility for learning and fabulous place to wander around at breaks and explore either before or after our courses. Please join us to learn from our scholar team and network and engage with your colleagues attending the courses as well.


June 16-17, 2015

Instructor: Michael Quinn Patton

This course offers a guided tour through the rich and diverse landscape of qualitative inquiry based on the new 4th edition of Patton’s book Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods. Choices abound. Purposeful sampling options have expanded dramatically in the last decade. Different qualitative inquiry frameworks involve distinctly different criteria for determining and judging quality of qualitative inquiry.  Increasingly sophisticated and nuanced approaches to rigor, credibility, causality, generalizability, new units of analysis, mixed methods, and visual representations offer both innovative opportunities and emergent challenges.

Course participants will become more sophisticated about and adept at designing and implementing a qualitative study that is (1) appropriate to the purpose of the inquiry, (2) adapted to the situation, circumstances, context, and contingencies of fieldwork, (3) compatible with the specific capabilities and interests of the inquirer, and (4) anchored in negotiating and managing the real world tensions between strategic ideals and what can actually be done in practice.

The course will include opportunities for practicing design and application of alternative inquiry approaches.

The course assumes a basic working knowledge of qualitative methods.

June 16, 2015

Instructor: Michael Quinn Patton

As the world changes, so do inquiry methods.  In the past decade alone, new ways of collecting data have emerged, new, more nuanced ways of selecting cases have been identified, and new inquiry frameworks have evolved.  In the course of revising and updating the 4th edition of Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods (Sage Publications, 2015), Michael Quinn Patton has identified major developments and new directions in qualitative inquiry. In this special presentation, Patton will present these developments and their implications.

NOTE: This event is a FREE Evening Seminar. However, participants are required to register and bring a *copy of your registration confirmation to attend.

*You can print a copy or show a copy on your electronic device at the door.

June 18-19, 2015

Instructors: CBPR (Geni Eng, Melvin Jackson, Alexandra Lightfoot, Jennifer C. Schaal)

Whether new to or experienced with engaging communities in research, investigators are challenged by the inevitable tensions between scientific requirements for rigor and control, and communitarian demands for participation and transparency. Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is often complicated by multi-layered partnerships, based in power relations negotiated between diverse groups (each with specific histories, politics, and cultures), while being regulated by external forces of research governance. What is distinctive about CBPR is a set of principles to guide the openness, fluidity, and unpredictability of a collaborative approach to research.

Through conducting CBPR since 1991, our team of academic and community-based investigators has developed and used practical tools and structures for CBPR partners to:

  • define a common vocabulary to discuss power and inequities
  • codify equitable decision-making power
  • anticipate and manage conflict
  • approve and co-author findings and publications
  • establish alternate institutional ethical review processes

In this course, you will receive copies of these tools and structures for your consideration. We will use a blend of brief lectures, interactive discussions, and a reading/writing exercise to stimulate all of us to think creatively about CBPR tools and structures and apply the results to our own work. For example, to analyze and guide our practice in applying CBPR principles, you will receive a real life case of a community-academic partnership engaged in using the qualitative research method of critical incident technique interview. Through this case, we will explore if African American and White women, diagnosed and treated with breast cancer at the same facility, received cancer care that was the same. We are enthusiastic about the potential for co-learning that will occur.



Michael Quinn Patton is an independent organizational development and evaluation consultant based in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  He is former President of the American Evaluation Association and recipient of both the Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Award for “outstanding contributions to evaluation use and practice” and the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award for lifetime contributions to evaluation theory from the American Evaluation Association.  The Society for Applied Sociology honored him with the Lester F. Ward Award for Outstanding Contributions to Applied Sociology. He is the author of six evaluation books including a 4th edition of Utilization-Focused Evaluation and 4th edition of Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods (2015) His books have been used in over 500 universities worldwide. He is also author of Creative Evaluation; Practical Evaluation; and editor of several issues of New Directions for Evaluation including Culture and Evaluation, Teaching Evaluation Using the Case Method, and Evaluating Strategy.  He has co-authored a book on the dynamics of social innovation with two Canadians drawing on complexity theory and systems thinking entitled Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed. His latest books are Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use (2011) and Essentials of Utilization-Focused Evaluation (2012).  He teaches qualitative methods in The Evaluators’ Institute, the International Program in Development Evaluation Training (Ottawa), and the Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute as well as customized workshops for a variety of organizations and conferences.


Geni Eng, M.P.H., Dr.P.H., is Professor of Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has over 30 years of CBPR experience including field studies conducted with rural communities of the U.S. South, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia to address socially stigmatizing health problems such as pesticide poisoning, cancer, and STI/HIV. Her CBPR projects include the NCI-funded Accountability for Cancer Care through Undoing Racism and Equity, the CDC-funded Men As Navigators for Health, the NCI-funded Cancer Care and Racial Equity Study, the NHLBI-funded CVD and the Black Church: Are We Our Brother’s Keeper? In addition to her co-edited book, Methods for Community-Based Participatory Research for Health, she has over 115 publications on the lay health advisor intervention model, the concepts of community competence and natural helping, and community assessment procedures.


Melvin Jackson, M.S.P.H., is Director of Operations for Strengthening The Black Family, a community-based nonprofit organization in Raleigh, NC. He has extensive experience training community and academic partners in CBPR and building the capacity of community-based organizations. For the University of North Carolina, he serves as Community Course Director for the UNC Faculty Engaged Scholars Program and Community Expert Consultant for the NC Translational Research and Clinical Sciences Institute. He is Co-PI for the NIMHD-funded Focus on Youth+ImPACT: A Pilot Project to Test an HIV/AIDS Curriculum in Faith-Based Settings and Program Director for the CDC-funded Project DIRECT, the largest community-based demonstration project in the nation addressing the health disparity of diabetes.


Alexandra Lightfoot, Ed.D., directs the CBPR Core at the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, a CDC-funded Prevention Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In this capacity, she promotes the use of CBPR and provides trainings, workshops, and technical assistance to investigators and community partners. She is PI for a community engagement initiative designed to strengthen community-academic research partnerships in affiliation with the Translational Research and Clinical Sciences Institute. She is Co-PI with Melvin Jackson on a CBPR study, Focus on Youth + ImPACT: A Pilot Project to Test an HIV/AIDS Curriculum for Youth in Faith-Based Settings, which focuses on HIV prevention with African American youth. As Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Behavior, she co-teaches with Geni Eng a graduate course on CBPR and Photovoice.


Jennifer C. Schaal, M.D.,  is long time member of the Board for The Partnership Project, an anti-racism training organization in Greensboro, NC. She is a founding member of the Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative for which she has served as Co-Chair, and currently as Secretary. She has been an active participant in the development and implementation of the Collaborative’s Health Equity Training. She is a CBPR partner with Geni Eng and Alexandra Lightfoot for the NCI-funded Accountability for Cancer Care through Undoing Racism and Equity. For the NCI-funded Cancer Care and Racial Equity Study, she conducted and analyzed data from Critical Incident Technique interviews and is a partner in the development of the Healthcare Equity and Education Trainings for the project. Before retiring in 2006 from a small private practice in Obstetrics and Gynecology, she was a clinical investigator for the Heart and Estrogen-Progestin Replacement study and Estrogen Replacement and Atherosclerosis study and served on the Community Advisory Board of the Women’s Health Initiative.



For Two-Day Courses (Designing and CBPR)

  • 9:30 am  – course begins
  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm  – lunch
  • 4:00 pm – course ends

For June 16th Evening Seminar

  • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm



  • Registration and payment deadline June 5, 2015
    • June 16: A Decade of Evolution for Qualitative Inquiry – FREE evening seminar (must register to attend)
    • June 16-17: Designing and Implementing – $ 525.00* per person
    • June 18-19: CBPR – $ 475.00* per person
      * Lunch, coffee/tea and an afternoon snack are included in pricing for the two-day courses.
  • Registration Notes
    • All payments should be made to “ResearchTalk.”
    • Seats for two-day courses are not officially held until payment is received in full.
      • If full payment is not received by June 15, 2015 (the day before course begin), your registration will be cancelled and you will not be able to attend courses.


Event Venue:

North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
(919) 962-0522


The Allen Education Center at the Botanical Garden is LEED Platinum Certified.  If you would like to learn more about this “Green Events” facility visit:


Sleeping Rooms: Aloft Chapel Hill

  • QRSI group rate: $ 114.00 per night, plus tax (Group Booking Code: ResearchTalk).
  • Reserve hotel rooms before May 22, 2015.
  • Hotel Address:
    1001 South Hamilton Road
    Chapel Hill, NC  27517
    Phone: (919) 932-7772 or 1-866-716-8143

*The Aloft hotel is 1.1 miles by car from the event venue, the North Carolina Botanical Garden. The Aloft offers a shuttle to the Botanical Garden. Please allow adequate time for transport. You must pre-schedule the shuttle.

If you are interested in walking to the Botanical Garden from the Aloft, there is a walking trail. The distance is 0.8 miles and estimated walking time is 16 minutes.