A Glimpse Behind the Scenes

I write semi-regularly about the human side of my life as an independent researcher — both the highs and the lows.

  • Lucky 7: Gratitude after 7 Years on my Own

      September 2008 was the last time I sat in a cubicle, wearing high heels and making money for someone else. Far from having the 7-year itch, I’m pretty much bursting with excitement and gratitude for so many things. To name a few… 1. Freedom to travel and work from anywhere: I’ve written before about my location-independent life. If I

  • A Week in My Life: Interviewer Training in Native Country

    By jessicabroome on September 3, 2015 in Location Independent, Research

    I spent last week in North Carolina, working with the client who has taken over my life this summer. This time, I trained ten local women in face-to-face interviewing. They are awesome: smart, inquisitive, and I think they taught me more about native life than I taught them about interviewing. They’re going to go knock on doors and survey a few

  • My Latest Challenge: Working in Native Country

    By jessicabroome on August 13, 2015 in Location Independent, Research

      Anyone who has spent ten minutes with me in the past few months knows that I’ve been consumed by my latest client: a Native American tribe in North Carolina. Like roughly 250 other federally recognized tribes in the US, they have a casino on their land, and the revenues from the casino serve both as income for the tribe

  • A Research Riddle

    By jessicabroome on August 5, 2015 in Research, Solopreneur

    Here’s a riddle for you on this August morning. What do these two people have in common? Jill is the CEO of a small but growing company that makes buckets. She’s a smart business person, so she’s always trying to make informed decisions rather than just going with her gut. Jill needs to know how consumers use her buckets, what

  • A Day in My Life: Hikealongs

    By jessicabroome on July 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

    A former client and friend called me this spring and invited me to collaborate on a super fun and dynamic project: experiential “hike-alongs” with Millennials. I’ve done “shop-alongs,” where we go to a store with a respondent and talk to them about their experience, decision making, and what they’re seeing and doing in the moment– but hike-alongs were something new.

  • Who I’ve Been Helping this Quarter

    By jessicabroome on July 14, 2015 in Research Tips, Solopreneur

    I like to think of myself as a giver: I’m giving my clients information they didn’t have before, information they can use to make smarter decisions. Here are a few ways I’ve used research to help client make well-informed decisions lately: A law firm working on a class action suit against a bank wanted to know how many hours of unpaid overtime

  • Words of Wisdom for Questionnaire Designers

    By jessicabroome on July 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

    I’m teaching Questionnaire Design again this summer at the University of Michigan’s Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques. I have a really diverse group of students: three of them work at the Census Bureau, one is the Chief of Obstetrics at a major hospital, one is a Public Health PhD student doing research on with transgender youth…I could go on. I LOVE

  • Lessons Learned from Evaluating a Case Management Program

    By jessicabroome on April 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

    A client of mine is a social service agency. One of their smallest programs (serving about 40 clients at any given time) offers case management for individuals involved with the criminal justice system. The typical program participant has recently been released from a long prison sentence, is drug-addicted, and suffers from a chronic health condition (most often HIV, but also

  • Research Humor

    By jessicabroome on March 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

    Today I just want to share this funny comic my mom sent me years ago…      

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