Social Research Solutions provided two trainings for staff in Community Affairs across the Federal Reserve System. The first was in conducting focus groups and the second in applied research design. In each training they were professional, engaging and well prepared. The materials we used were helpful and we had the opportunity to apply what we were learning to a current research project, making it all the more relevant and useful. Emily and Greg are great trainers with extensive experience in research design and methodology.
-- DeAnna G., Federal Reserve Bank
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Who We Are
Social Research Solutions is composed of field-seasoned research experts from a range of professional backgrounds, including social psychology, public health, anthropology, and statistics. The consulting team is lead by the company’s president, Greg Guest.
Greg earned his BA in psychology and an MA and PhD in cultural anthropology. He has extensive experience designing and managing research projects in all four of the major research sectors: government, corporate, academic, and non-profit. In his fifteen years as an applied social/behavioral researcher, he has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on a diverse array of studies, ranging from public health and agricultural development, to technological design and marketing. Greg has carried out and managed field research in more than a dozen countries across five continents. Greg also serves as a scientific reviewer for government agencies, such as NIH and CDC, as well as numerous peer reviewed journals across a wide range of disciplines. His work is profiled in Biltmore's Who's Who (2008) and Who's Who in America (2006, 2009).
Many of his publications and current research projects seek to advance research methods. Some of his publications in this field include:
Guest. G., M. Mitchell and E. Namey. In press. Collecting Qualitative Data: A Field Manual. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Guest, G and K. MacQueen, and E. Namey. In press (2011). Applied Thematic Analysis. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Guest, G. and K. MacQueen (editors). 2008. Handbook for Team-based Qualitative Research. Lanham, MD: AltaMira.
Mack, N., C. Woodsong, K. MacQueen, G. Guest, and E. Namey. 2005. Qualitative Research Methods: A Data Collector’s Field Guide. Research Triangle Park, NC: Family Health International.
Guest, G., A. Bunce and L. Johnson. 2006. How many interviews are enough? an experiment with data saturation and variability. Field Methods 18:59-82.
Guest, G. and K. MacQueen. 2005. Enhancing team-based qualitative research. Annals of Family Medicine. October 27.
Guest, G. 2005. The range of qualitative research. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care 31(2):165.
Guest, G. and E. McLellan. 2003. Distinguishing the trees from the forest: applying cluster analysis to thematic qualitative data. Field Methods 15:186-201.
Guest, G. 2000. Using Guttman scaling to rank wealth: integrating quantitative and qualitative data. Field Methods 12(4): 346-357.
Guest, G. In progress. Sampling strategies for the field. In Handbook of Methods in
Cultural Anthropology, 2nd ed., H. Bernard and C. Gravelee (eds.). Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.
MacQueen, K. and G. Guest. 2008. Introduction to team-based qualitative research. In Handbook for Team-based Qualitative Research, G. Guest and K. MacQueen (eds.). Pp 3-19. Lanham, MD: AltaMira
Guest, G., E. Namey and K. MacQueen. 2008. A framework for monitoring socio-behavioral research. In Handbook for Team-based Qualitative Research, G. Guest and K. MacQueen (eds.). Pp. 189-204. Lanham, MD: AltaMira.
Guest, G. and K. MacQueen. 2008. Reevaluating guidelines for qualitative research. In Handbook for Team-based Qualitative Research, G. Guest and K. MacQueen (eds.). Pp 205-226. Lanham, MD: AltaMira.
Namey, E., G. Guest, L. Thairu and L Johnson. 2008. Data reduction techniques for large qualitative datasets. In Handbook for Team-based Qualitative Research, G. Guest and K. MacQueen (eds.). Pp. 137-161. Lanham, MD: AltaMira.
Blomberg, J., M. Burrell and G. Guest. 2003. An ethnographic approach to design. In Human-Computer Interaction Handbook, J. Jacko and A. Sears (eds.). Pp. 964-986. Mahwah: Lawrence Erlbaum & Associates.