Jen Benoit-Bryan, PhD
Jen has overseen a portfolio of more than sixty complex client engagements over the past seven years at Slover Linett, using the tools of research and evaluation to help organizations meet their goals. From study design to meaning-making and strategic recommendations, she helps situate each project in the wider context of innovations in the field and trends in cultural participation. An expert in statistical social research and a co-director of research at the firm, Jen consults internally and externally on research design, spearheads our use of new tools and advanced techniques, and develops team trainings. Since coming to Slover Linett in 2014, she has worked on wide-ranging, often multi-year projects with the National Academy of Sciences, The High Line, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Detroit Institute of Arts, Carnegie Hall, Washington National Opera, Ballet Austin, Dallas Zoo, and New York Botanical Garden, among many other arts, culture, and informal learning organizations.
Over the past two years, Jen has served as the Principal Investigator & Slover Linett Team Director for the multi-wave Culture & Community study conducted in partnership with LaPlaca Cohen and Yancey Consulting. This is one of the largest studies of cultural participation conducted in the United States with more than 200,000 respondents and more than a thousand cultural organizations participating across the two waves of research. The Culture & community study explores the shifting role of arts and culture in people’s lives through the pandemic, the growing desire for changes towards equity in arts and culture organizations, and the ways that digital arts engagement have broadened and diversified participation. Culture + Community has been generously funded by the Wallace Foundation, Barr Foundation, William Penn Foundation, Art Bridges, IMLS, and the Terra Foundation.
Jen has been an invited speaker to a wide range of cultural convenings, including Grantmakers in the Arts, the American Alliance of Museums, the League of American Orchestras, the Association of Art Museum Directors, Opera America, the International Society for the Performing Arts, the Association of Science & Technology Centers, the California Association of Museums, the Building Museums Conference, the High Line Network, the Joint Statistical Meeting of the American Statistical Association, Focus Vision’s Webinar series, and the Visitor Studies Association. She has published her research on Culture + Community with the Journal of Cultural Management and Cultural Policy and the Joint Statistical Meetings Proceedings (forthcoming). Jen earned her M.P.A. from the University of Missouri, Columbia and her Ph.D. in public administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago, focusing on public policy and survey methodology. At UIC, she taught courses on both of those subjects as well as on urban government and the role of nonprofits in U.S. society. Jen is an ocean-hopping scuba diver, a modern quilter, and the pet-parent of Tycho the pup.