Richard A. Krueger
320C Vocational Technical Building
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN 55108
Voice: 612-624-6754, Fax: 612-625-2798
Areas of Specialization:
Focus group interviewing, program evaluation, applied research methodology, qualitative analysis, storytelling as evaluation.
Ph.D. Education, University of Minnesota, 1979 (with emphasis in program evaluation and policy studies)
M.A. Public Administration, University of Minnesota, 1971
Professor and Evaluation Leader, University of Minnesota Extension Service.
Professor, Program Evaluation, University of Minnesota.
Adjunct Professor, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota.
Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology, College of Public Health, University of Minnesota.
Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, University of South Florida.
Conducted thousands of small group sessions on decision-making, nominal
process and focus group interviewing since 1967.
Developed and taught 300+ inservice courses relating to program evaluation
and focus group interviewing for professionals since 1981. This includes courses
for public employees, university faculty, architects, nutritionists, physicians,
interior designers, public health workers, religious leaders and others.
Taught 50+ graduate level credit courses since 1983. This includes courses in
focus group interviewing, program evaluation, evaluation methodology, analysis
of research, quantitative methodology, interviewing and observation methods.
Served as a consultant to federal agencies
(HHS, GAO, USDA, GSA, OPM, BLM, Postal Service); state agencies
(Departments of Education, Public Health, Natural Resources, Pollution
Control, Agriculture); educational organizations
(Colleges and University Systems, Public Schools); foundations
(Kellogg, Blanden, McKnight, Hazelden, Minneapolis); communities
(Rochester, St. Paul, Falcon Heights) non-profit organizations
(United Way, AAL, USAA, Health Advancement Inc.).
Recent Research Projects
MN Department of Health. Insurance study. Study Co-director.
US Department of Veterans Affairs. Patient safety. Study Director.
US Department of Veterans Affairs. Patient treatment for veterans suffering from psychosis. Study Director.
US Department of Agriculture. Improving Customer Service in USDA Service Centers. Study Director.
US Department of Veterans Affairs, A national study of patient treatment for veterans suffering from depression, substance abuse and post traumatic stress disorder. Study Director.
American Evaluation Association
Minnesota Evaluation Association
Minnesota Association of Adult Continuing Education
Qualitative Research Consulting Association
Recent Refereed Papers at National and International Meetings
Listening to Minnesotans
A Focus Group With Focus Group Experts
Focus Group Interviews: From Corporate Market Research to Academia
Working With the Lay Evaluator
Focus Groups for Community Needs Assessment: Overview and Assessment
Reporting Evaluation Results: Common Myths
Questions of Reliability and Validity Posed by Health Care Decision Makers
Development and Effective Use of Methodologies to Meet Stakeholders' Needs
Recent Invited Papers, Presentations and Training Sessions
2005 Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania
2005 Center for Disease Control, Atlanta
2004 Austrian Evaluation Society, Vienna
2004 North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and
2003 IQ Solutions, Bethesda.
2003 Children’s Services Council, Palm Beach.
2003 International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation, Lima,
2002 Kansas Foundation for the Public Universities in Kansas
2002 Duke University Divinity School, Durham.
2002 University of Alaska Anchorage, Center for Rural Health
2002 Office of Personnel Management, Washington DC
2001 Wilder Research Center, St. Paul
2001 Colorado Dept of Health, Boulder
2001 Presbyterian Church of USA, Louisville
2001 W.K. Kellogg Foundation, San Diego
2001 Washington County, Stillwater
2001 U.S. Naval Headquarters, New Orleans
2001 ETR, Santa Cruz
2001 Fargo-Moorhead Human Services
2000 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2000 University of Illinois, Champaign
2000 United Kingdom Government Workers, London
2000 University of Nebraska, Lincoln
2000 University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg
2000 University of New Mexico, National Diabetes Prevention Center,
2000 University of South Florida, School of Public Health, Tampa
2000 Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis
2000 George Washington University, Washington DC
Examples of Recent Book Publications, Journals and Periodicals
Focus Groups: A Practical Guide for Applied Research. 3rd Edition. With Mary Anne Casey. Sage Publishing, Thousand Oaks, CA., 2000.
"Methodological Considerations in Children's Focus Groups." With Christine Kennedy and Susan Kools. Nursing Research, 2000
Developing Questions for a Focus Group. Sage Publishing, Thousand Oaks, CA., 1998
Moderating Focus Groups. Sage Publishing, Thousand Oaks, CA., 1998
Analyzing and Reporting Focus Group Results. Sage Publishing, Thousand Oaks, CA., 1998
Involving Community Members in Focus Groups. with Jean King. Sage Publishing, Thousand Oaks, CA., 1998
"Group Dynamics and Focus Groups" a chapter in Quality of Life and Pharmacoeconomics in Clinical Trials, Ed. Bert Spilker. Raven Press: NY. 1995.
Focus Groups: A Practical Guide for Applied Research. Second Edition. Sage Publishing, Newbury Park, CA., 1994.
"Focus Group Interviewing" with M.A. Casey, a chapter in Measurement of Food Preferences Ed. H. MacFie, Blackie Academic & Professional, Glasgow, 1994.
"Quality Control in Focus Group Research." Chapter 1 in Focus Groups: Selected Readings edited by David Morgan. Newbury Park, CA: 1993.
"When to Use Focus Groups and Why?" Chapter 5 in Focus Groups: Selected Readings edited by David Morgan. Newbury Park, CA: 1993. Co-authored with D. Morgan.
Invited Speaker, Austrian Evaluation Society, 2004
Invited Speaker, Canadian Evaluation Society, 2003
President, American Evaluation Association, 2003
U.S. Dept of Agriculture Honor Award, Washington D.C. 2001
Invited Speaker, New Zealand Evaluation Society, Wellington, 1999
Invited Speaker, Australasian Evaluation Society, Melbourne, 1998
Invited Lecturer, University of Prince Edward Island, 1996
Sustained Excellence in Evaluation Award, American Evaluation Assoc., 1991
Invited Speaker, Ministry of Agriculture, Alberta, Canada, 1990, 91 & 93
Invited Speaker, International Communications Conference. Dublin, Ireland, 1990
Visiting Professor, University of Hawaii, 1987
Invited Lecturer, University of Trondheim, Norway, 1986