eStudy 097: More than two options: How to collect LGBTQ inclusive data
eStudy 097: More than two options: How to collect LGBTQ inclusive data


Ash Philliber, PhD, Senior Evaluator, Philliber Research & Evaluation


This workshop focuses on training evaluators how to ask questions in ways that are inclusive of LGBTQ communities. This is an ever-changing field and no forms have been developed that can be used nation-wide without issue. Here we will discuss common terms, things to be avoided, and how to develop forms that will be appropriate in different places and with different groups.

Learning Outcomes:

How to develop inclusive questions
Common mistakes to avoid
Lessons learned from nationwide LGBTQ studies


First 90-minute session:

  1. Introduction – 5 min
  2. What does inclusivity look like – 10 minutes
  3. About the IN·clued program (how we developed this information) – 10 minutes
  4. Some common terms (go over vocabulary) – 20 minutes
  5. How to build inclusive instruments – 45 minutes

Homework: Submit questions to be answered next session.

Second 90-minute session:

  1. Answer all homework questions – 10 minutes
  2. Areas for inclusion (names, pronouns, gender, sex, orientation, behavior, etc.; large group discussion including "does the wording answer the question" game) – 30 minutes
  3. The speedbumps (group work on pros/cons for trans*, preferred, other, queer, and other problematic terms) – 45 minutes
  4. Wrap up – 5 minutes

Primary Audience:

All individuals working in the field of evaluation would benefit from this presentation. It is crucial that we as evaluators balance the power we have with the knowledge we want to gain from vulnerable participants. In order to collect accurate and honest information, we must ask questions in appropriate and inclusive ways. This session will teach all evaluation professionals how to do this consistently in their own work.

Dates and Sessions:

December 11, 2018; 12:00-1:30pm (EDT)
December 13, 2018; 12:00-1:30pm (EDT)


Dr. Philliber has some 20 years of experience in evaluation and research. She has a PhD in Human Services with an emphasis in public service leadership and a Master’s degree in Human Services with an emphasis in non-profit management. Dr. Philliber has worked on several national projects in youth development, teen pregnancy, school achievement, journalism and media programs, community development, and other areas of human service delivery. She currently directs the evaluation of an OAH funded randomized control trial and the evaluation of the replication of evidence-based programs focused on adolescent pregnancy prevention across the country. Her other unique specialties include working with LGBTQ youth and she is leading a randomized control trial of LGBTQ youth across the country. She has presented at the American Evaluation Association, the American Public Health Association, the National Sex Ed Conference, the Conference on Adolescent Health, the CDC STD conference, and the Network for Social Work Management.

Facilitation Experience:

I have presented trainings on inclusivity for Philliber Research & Evaluation, The Adolescent Health Conference at the University of Michigan, and at the National Sex Ed Conference. The only feedback received has been qualitative; however, it has been overwhelmingly positive. I have conducted these trainings for evaluators, researchers, and sexuality educators. After each training, the presentation has been updated and modified for content, vocabulary, and purpose.


Student Member Price- $40
Member Price- $75
Student Non-Member Price- $55
Non-Member Price- $100