Expanding Qualitative Data Collection Techniques Using Arts-Informed Inquiry


This workshop will provide an overview of innovative ways to collective qualitative data for participants with some, but not extensive, prior qualitative experience in data collection and analysis. The workshop will be organized using arts-informed strategies to augment traditional qualitative data gathering processes. Arts-informed inquiry can be applied in any program evaluation context where the power of people working together is believed to deepen understandings and commitment to programmatic concerns and experiences. Participants will be engaged using an experiential learning process where we simulate data collection and analysis activities. Through image elicitation, comic strip writing, poetic voice and collage, participants will have an opportunity to apply the content and work through some of challenges inherent in qualitative forms of data collection for program evaluation.

You will learn:

  • how to augment traditional approaches to qualitative data collection to include arts-informed techniques
  • how and when to use arts-informed inquiry to reach multiple audiences in diverse contexts
  • how arts-informed experiences build interpersonal and collaborative skills in ways that enhance the accessibility of evaluation


Dr. Michelle Searle focused on theorizing about arts-informed inquiry while completing her doctorate at Queen’s University and has received awards from both CES and AEA recognizing the potential of this work. Since then she has conducted evaluations experimenting with, and refining my approach, to arts-informed inquiry. In 2016, she published an article entitled, Capturing the Imagination: Arts Informed Inquiry as Method in the CJPE to show how we can enhance understanding of human complexities through alternative forms of data collection.  Her background in arts education underpins her facilitation experiences. She teaches courses in program evaluation and has won teaching awards from Queen’s and Western Universities. Since 2013, she has lead professional learning for more than 2000 leaders about qualitative, arts-informed inquiry as a catalyst for decision making in education. Attendees describe these experiences as memorable because I use multiple learning strategies, promote reflective thinking, and can adapt as necessary.

You can contact Michelle Searle by email via michellesearle@yahoo.com.






Some evaluation experience


Sunday, April 30 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Lien avec les compétences de la SCÉ pour les évaluateurs

  • Defines evaluation methods
  • Identifies data sources
  • Analyzes and interprets data
  • Respects the uniqueness of the site
  • Uses facilitation skills