In my day job, I work on two, large-scale education initiatives at the Oregon Community Foundation. The Studio to School initiative focuses on arts education and the K12 Student Success Out-of-School Time initiative funds after-school and summer programs. For each initiative we collect data at the organization level (e.g. how their programs are structured) as well as the individual level…

Excel. For many researchers, it’s the tech tool they use most often. Excel is ubiquitous because it is so flexible. As the world’s most common spreadsheet software (its name is almost synonymous with spreadsheets, in much the same way that Xerox is synonymous with photocopying), Excel is used to do all sort of things. For example, In research…

Ever needed to do some basic interview with a group of people, but haven’t been sure if you have the capacity to carry them out? Here’s an idea: use Google Voice to set up a free number, give your respondents the number, and have them call and leave their responses on the voicemail. For those not familiar…

Note: In the first article on our blog, we republish a piece originally written for Amy Santee’s blog Anthropologizing. This article drew significant interest (it was the most read item on Anthropologizing in 2015) so we figured Instrumental users might find it useful as well. If you have an idea for an article highlighting innovative work to improve the craft…