Speaker. Consultant. Researcher. Evaluator.
Linda Liebenberg, PhD., is a leading researcher, evaluator and consultant in the field of resilience and community development, with a core interest in children and youth with complex needs. Her work explores how best to provide meaningful programs and resources that promote of positive youth development and mental health, using formal and informal processes of resilience. She achieves this through consultation on program and community development, and conducting evaluations of service provision together with research of youth experiences and community development. As a key component of this work, Linda reflects critically on the best ways in which to conduct research and evaluations with children and their communities (including multiple service providers). These approaches include participatory image-based methods; sophisticated longitudinal quantitative designs; and the design of measurement instruments.
Linda has developed consulting and collaborative relationships with many international community-based organizations, including Right to Play, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, Save the Children Denmark, and the Public Health Agency of Canada. She has presented on all five continents on culturally and contextually meaningful approaches to promoting positive psychosocial outcomes of children and youth through programing and community development as well as the ways in which this can be researched and evaluated. Her publications include the co-edited volumes Researching Resilience and Resilience in Action (with Michael Ungar, PhD) and Youth Resilience and Culture – Commonalities and Complexities (with Linda Theron, PhD).
Linda consults on policy, program and infrastructure development as well as research and evaluation initiatives, advising on design, implementation, analysis and knowledge translation. She also runs workshops on resilience, data analysis and writing. As adjunct professor at the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Dalhousie University, Linda has supervised several graduate students. She has also taught numerous courses on research and data analysis, both in Canada and internationally.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Linda lived in Cape Town for many years, before relocating to Halifax, Canada in 2003.
Linda's full CV can be seen
Watch Linda’s IIQM/Atlas.ti master class on photovoice here
Forthcoming workshops and presentations
Liebenberg, L. (2017, May 21). Engaging youth & their communities in research: Creating partnerships for success. Plenary presentation at the Growing resilience: sharing findings beyond academia Preconference Event, ERFCON 2017 conference. Zagreb, Croatia.
Liebenberg, L. (2017, May, 27-28). Using visual elicitation methods: An introduction to the use of images and artefacts in elicitation-based research. Research in Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia.
Liebenberg, L. (2017, June, 21). Using arts-based elicitation methods: An introduction to the use of images and artefacts in elicitation-based research with marginalised populations. IIQM’s 17th Annual Thinking Qualitatively Workshop Series (TQ), Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
Liebenberg, L. (2017, June, 22). Photovoice: What it is and how to do it. IIQM’s 17th Annual Thinking Qualitatively Workshop Series (TQ), Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
Liebenberg, L. (2017, June, 23). Analysing Arts-based Narrative Data Using Grounded Theory. IIQM’s 17th Annual Thinking Qualitatively Workshop Series (TQ), Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
Liebenberg, L., & Hutt-MacLeod, D. (2017). Aboriginal community development approaches in response to neoliberal policy: The example of Eskasoni Mental Health Services. In P. Dolan & N. Frost (Eds.), The Handbook of Global Child Welfare. London: Routledge.
Liebenberg, L. (2016). Writing to Learn: Why We Should Write, Rewrite, and Rewrite Again. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 15. Doi: 10.1177/1609406916676150
Liebenberg, L., Sanders, J., & Munford, J. (2016). A Positive Youth Development measure of Service Use Satisfaction for Youth: The 13-item Youth Services Satisfaction Measure (YSS-13). Children and Youth Services Review, 71, 84-92. DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.10.031
Liebenberg, L., & Moore, J. C. (available online first). A social ecological measure of resilience for adults: The RRC-ARM. Social Indicators Research. DOI: 10.1007/s11205-016-1523-y