Dr. Susan Berkowitz

An internationally known expert in qualitative and mixed methods approaches with more than 27 years of experience in the field, Dr. Susan Berkowitz (Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Michigan) has solid expertise in both qualitative and quantitative  methods, with special expertise in integrated mixed method program evaluation, logic modeling, focus group research (including stakeholder groups), intensive interviewing, rapid ethnographic assessment, comparative case study methodology, the analysis of qualitative data, and the integration of qualitative and quantitative analyses. She has wide ranging experience in research design, instrument development, training and oversight of researchers, all types of primary data collection, preparation of analytic reports, and presentation of findings to diverse stakeholder audiences.  She has led professional development workshops on qualitative data analysis, the use of NVivo software as a tool in qualitative data analysis, and the design of mixed-method evaluations; delivered technical assistance in evaluation methods to Federal grantees; and has been a frequent presenter at national and international methodology conferences. She also co-authored a book on needs assessment research and wrote a handbook chapter on qualitative data analysis.

Dr. Berkowitz has applied her unique methodological skills to evaluations of domestic and international programs in health, education, labor and human services, with clients including the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education, the US State Department, and the Henry Luce Foundation. Topics ranged from the impact of military deployments on soldiers and their spouses, the anticipated impact on the U.S. Military of repeal of the “Don ‘t Ask, Don’t Tell” rule; youth career decision making; gender-based inequities in STEM fields; institutional transformation in higher education; the impact and perceived value of professional development and fellowship programs; barriers to and facilitators of successful cross-disciplinary research collaborations; and adoption and implementation of evidence-based practices.

Since joining the staff of IMPAQ, Dr. Berkowitz has worked to develop staff capacity in qualitative methods and the use of qualitative data analysis software packages; has directed or served as Senior Advisor on qualitative and mixed methods projects in IMPAQ’s Health and International Divisions and is leading a mixed method effort for the DC Water and Sewer Authority within the Survey Division. Dr. Berkowitz is an active, longtime member of the American Evaluation Association which organized and chaired an IMPAQ Presidential-strand panel on sustainability in evaluation at the 2014 Meetings of the American Evaluation Association.  

Prior to joining IMPAQ, Dr. Berkowitz was a Senior Study Director in the Human Services Group at Westat for more than 23 years and earned a Postdoctoral Certificate in Health Policy at the Bloomberg/Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Gerontological Society of America, the National Science Foundation and the Fulbright Hays Commission (for ethnographic research in southern Italy) and has held faculty positions at several colleges and universities. She is fluent in Italian (and the Calabrian dialect) and is proficient in French and Spanish. Her hobbies include traveling, reading foreign mystery novels (in the original language, if possible), watching foreign and Indie films, participating in dance and Pilates, and hanging out with her old Ann Arbor buddies and her college-aged daughter (when she’ll have me).

IMPAQ Papers and Presentations

Berkowitz, S. (2014, June). Lessons (and lyrics) from the trenches: Maximizing the impact of qualitative methods in applied settings. Paper presentation at the Conference on Advances in Qualitative Methods, Edmonton, Canada.

Berkowitz, S. (2014, October). Sustainability as institutionalization: Developing institutional-level indicators of gender-equitable institutional transformation. Paper presentation at the American Evaluation Association Conference, Denver, CO.