The Ford Foundation funded a 2-year mixed-methods research study on the plight of undocumented students in Jesuit universities. The study was conducted by the legal and social research teams of Fairfield University, Loyola University Chicago, and Santa Clara University and involved 6 partner schools altogether. A cohesive, condensed narrative needed to be woven together based on the research findings of undocumented student interviews, staff online survey and in-person interviews, and legal issues. The 36-page final report – the Immigrant Student National Position Paper Report on Findings – then needed to be further condensed into a 5-page Executive Summary and a PowerPoint Slideshow for a Washington, D.C. conference where the results were presented. Jesuit university presidents, top administration, documented and undocumented students, the media, and other prominent stakeholders of this area of immigration were in attendance.
- Read and studied the 3 separate research findings to identify key points, poignant testimonials, and patterns/consistencies
- Developed an outline for the framework of the document
- Heavily edited nearly 200 pages of material to develop a compelling, cohesive, 36-page narrative
- Worked closely with the administrative and academic team throughout the review, editing, and approval stages
“Lisa was able to take almost 200 pages of data, pull out the key points and themes, and translate them into several concise documents, from a 36-page report to a 5-page summary geared towards different audiences and purposes. She did this in a very short period of time. She was efficient, responsive, punctual, and very easy to work with. I highly recommend her for similar work.”
– Melissa Quan, Associate Director of the Center for Faith & Public Life, Fairfield University