Qualitative Methods for Third Sector Research

Course Syllabus Focus

Civil Society

Course Syllabus Institution

Indiana University
Huehls, Frances

This course will examine the organization, design, and execution of multi-method, qualitative research with a special emphasis on third sector contexts. Specific tools for research, such as observation, interview, case study design, and document analysis, will be examined through course readings, discussion, and the conduct of student projects. Course readings and assignments will also encourage the students to deconstruct published research to recognize viewpoint and researcher bias, to find strengths and weaknesses in evidence and analysis, and to evaluate strategies for writing and presenting research.

Blog Posts

More on time, value, and time limits

February 19, 2018

A new report applies a theory of time and value in philanthropy to three real cases, to see how a foundation could decide whether to operate with a limited life, based on the amount and kind of value it hopes to create.


Oct 05

Rip Rapson
President and CEO
The Kresge Foundation