Dr. Jonathan Brown, Ph.D.
Jonathan has worked in evaluation and research since 1999. He has developed an extensive understanding of evaluation and research methodology and his knowledge and experience with statistics and qualitative data analysis is expansive. Not only does he have the drive and ability to apply his expertise to each project he is involved in, but also, when coupled with his passion for teaching, does he bring a truly unique capacity-building framework to ASC. Whether the topic is simple or complex, Jonathan is always exploring means to make the material accessible to a wide range of audiences. His work is evidenced in project reports and training materials which he has developed and continuously strives to adapt and perfect.
In addition to the experience garnered working with ASC, Jonathan has gained valuable experience through an array of academic and community-based research projects. For example, based on 12 years of investigation, Jonathan possesses extensive theoretical and research knowledge about aggression. Through multiple projects, Jonathan developed and evaluated programs for at-risk youth in areas of substance use and aggressive behaviour. Jonathan also consulted with three separate academic institutions regarding the development, implementation, analysis, and reporting of their teaching evaluations.
Since the inauguration of ASC in 2007, Jonathan has developed and taught workshops for ASC covering topics in program evaluation, grant writing, data collection, and program mapping. In addition, Jonathan has extensive academic teaching experience. He has developed and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in three different departments/faculties at the University of British Columbia: department of psychology, faculty of education, faculty of health and social development. These courses covered topics on program evaluation, quantitative and qualitative research methodology, and statistical analysis. Jonathan has also developed and facilitated workshops to UBC Faculty on specific topics such as survey design, NVivo (qualitative research software) and SPSS (quantitative research software) programs.
Aarin Frigon, M.A., CHRP
Since 2003, Aarin has played a central role in designing and conducting academic and community-based research. Aarin applies an array of experiences in a variety of roles at ASC. First, Aarin specializes in the development and implementation of Information Management Systems (IMS). These IMS employ a series of integrated data collection tools (e.g., online surveys, online report submission) and databases that remove redundancies and simplify evaluation/research projects from the time of data collection to reporting. Second, Aarin is pivotal in developing resources for individual projects. For example, she develops client resources including manuals, documents, and videos in areas such as ethics protocols, data collection, and reporting templates. Third, Aarin leads the capacity-building phase with new clients, in which she facilitates program setup. This work includes developing client engagement strategies and internal communication protocols.
Prior to working with ASC full-time, Aarin was a college professor and university instructor. Aarin also worked as a program coordinator on a large-scale research project looking at youth risk-taking behaviour, such as drug use, criminal behaviour, dating violence, and sexual behaviour. In 2004, following her work on this research project, she developed and implemented a substance use alternative-intervention program for youth aged 12 to 19 in a large school district in British Columbia. After many years of success, this program is still implemented throughout the school district.
Since the inception of ASC in 2007, Aarin has been actively involved in the development and teaching workshops for ASC covering topics in program evaluation, grant writing, data collection, and program mapping. From 2007 to 2011, Aarin was a professor of psychology at Okanagan College. During this time, she also taught psychology courses at the University of British Columbia. As a testament to engaging students, she consistently received exceptional teaching reviews from her students.
Victoria Holec, M.Sc.
Victoria joined ASC in 2011 as senior editor, social media correspondent, and research analyst. As part of her professional training since 2005, Victoria is well-versed in statistical software including SPSS (IBM Statistics), Microsoft Excel, and SuperANOVA, as well as qualitative analysis software including NVivo (QSR International). She also has experience with data collection tools (e.g., SurveyMonkey, Fluidsurveys, SCANTRON, ClassClimate, Qualtrics, sli.do), various social media sites (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, Hootsuite, Wordpress) and miscellaneous software tools (e.g., Adobe Illustrator, Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe Audition, FinalCut Pro, Microsoft Office suite, iWorks suite). Victoria is currently completing a PhD in interdisciplinary social sciences and humanities (CSPT) at the University of Lethbridge. She speaks and writes English and German fluently and has basic knowledge of French.
Victoria has conducted a variety of customized one-on-one consultations for beginners to SPSS and NVivo. She has also worked as a teaching assistant at the University of Lethbridge.