Jen Benoit-Bryan, PhD

Vice President & Co-Director of Research

Jen has overseen a portfolio of over fifty complex client engagements over the past five 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.

Jen chairs a panel on data and research for the Chicago-based arts education hub Ingenuity and has presented on quantitative methods, survey bias, response effects, data visualization, and other topics at conferences such as the Visitor Studies Association, the American Association of Public Opinion Research, and American Political Science Association. She has published her research with the MacArthur Foundation’s Smart Communities Initiative on digital inclusion and civic engagement, and with the National Runaway Safeline on long-term outcomes for runaway youth, among other papers. 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.