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Leigh M. Hayden

Lead Evaluator – North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services

Evaluation professional with a M.A. in Urban and Medical Anthropology and over six (6) years of experience researching aging and chronic disease and prevention programs (e.g., cancer prevention and control, heart disease and stroke prevention), data quality, program improvement, and community outreach.Read More
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Evaluation professional with a M.A. in Urban and Medical Anthropology and over six (6) years of experience researching aging and chronic disease and prevention programs (e.g., cancer prevention and control, heart disease and stroke prevention), data quality, program improvement, and community outreach.

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Victoria Jeffries MSPH, MA

Research and Policy Fellow

As a leader in disability policy advocacy, the Alliance of Disability Advocates' Executive Director and staff members serve on the North Carolina Mental Health Block Grant Planning/Advisory Council. Staff work in this capacity to advise the State on how to improve use of federal block grant funds to fill gaps in the State's mental health services.…Read More
Alliance of Disability Advocates Website: https://adanc.org/
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As a leader in disability policy advocacy, the Alliance of Disability Advocates’ Executive Director and staff members serve on the North Carolina Mental Health Block Grant Planning/Advisory Council. Staff work in this capacity to advise the State on how to improve use of federal block grant funds to fill gaps in the State’s mental health services. This advisory role includes evaluation of the use of funds from the MHBG.

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Randall Juras PhD

Senior Scientist – Abt Associates

I am in the Social and Economic Policy Division at Abt Associates, where I specialize in designing and conducting randomized experiments. My areas of research have included occupational safety and health, job training and job search assistance, adolescent health and teen pregnancy prevention, international family planning, and statistical methodology.Read More
Abt Associates Home Carrboro NC Website: http://www.abtassociates.com/
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I am in the Social and Economic Policy Division at Abt Associates, where I specialize in designing and conducting randomized experiments. My areas of research have included occupational safety and health, job training and job search assistance, adolescent health and teen pregnancy prevention, international family planning, and statistical methodology.

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Mamie LeGrand

Program Coordinator-Evaluator – Richmond County Partnership for Children

Richmond County Partnership for Children's mission is to create a higher quality of life for children aged birth to five and to ensure that every child in Richmond County enters school healthy and ready to succeed in becoming an avid learner and ultimately a productive citizen who contributes to the future well-being of the community.Read More
Home Aberdeen NC Website: www.richmondsmartstart.org
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Richmond County Partnership for Children’s mission is to create a higher quality of life for children aged birth to five and to ensure that every child in Richmond County enters school healthy and ready to succeed in becoming an avid learner and ultimately a productive citizen who contributes to the future well-being of the community.

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Timothy Leisman

Evaluation Analyst

The Center for Creative Leadership is a top provider of leadership development solutions. The Societal Advancement group provides these services to nonprofits, schools, and organizations in the health sector who don't normally have access to leadership development.Read More
Center for Creative Leadership Website: https://www.ccl.org/people/tim-leisman/
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The Center for Creative Leadership is a top provider of leadership development solutions. The Societal Advancement group provides these services to nonprofits, schools, and organizations in the health sector who don’t normally have access to leadership development.

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Audrey Loper

Evaluation Consultant – Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiatives

Audrey Loper has worked in the fields of evaluation and adolescent sexual health for six years. Her areas of interest include evaluation capacity building, utility and continuous quality improvement.Read More
Home Raleigh NC Website: http://www.teenpregnancy.ncdhhs.gov/
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Audrey Loper has worked in the fields of evaluation and adolescent sexual health for six years. Her areas of interest include evaluation capacity building, utility and continuous quality improvement.

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Marcy Lowe

CEO

We provide custom research and analysis to the leading institutions that invest in programs to solve the greatest challenges facing humanity—including human health, climate change, and how to feed 10 billion people in 2050. We provide these decision makers the right data to envision, design, implement, and evaluate their programs to reach their goals.Read More
Datu Research, LLC Website: http://www.daturesearch.com/
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We provide custom research and analysis to the leading institutions that invest in programs to solve the greatest challenges facing humanity—including human health, climate change, and how to feed 10 billion people in 2050. We provide these decision makers the right data to envision, design, implement, and evaluate their programs to reach their goals.

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Keshia S. Martin

Research Assistant and Student

UNCG and Karen Peterman Consulting, Co.
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Belinda B. McFeeters PhD

Leadership Research & Evaluation Consultant

McFeeters Research & Evaluation, Inc. evaluates impact, engages in discovery work involving content analysis on qualitative and quantitative survey data, and conducts 360-degree program evaluations (i.e. phone and face-to-face interviews, coding, high-level theme generation and report writing).Read More
McFeeters Research & Evaluation, Inc.
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McFeeters Research & Evaluation, Inc. evaluates impact, engages in discovery work involving content analysis on qualitative and quantitative survey data, and conducts 360-degree program evaluations (i.e. phone and face-to-face interviews, coding, high-level theme generation and report writing).

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Jennifer R. McGee

Associate Professor

Dr. McGee is currently an Associate Professor at Appalachian State University where she teaches courses in assessment and research. She has served as the external evaluator on several grants related to STEM education and Arts Education. Her research interests include: classroom assessment, program evaluation, STEM education, and self-efficacy.Read More
Appalachian State University Website: https://ci.appstate.edu/directory/dr-jennifer-mcgee
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Dr. McGee is currently an Associate Professor at Appalachian State University where she teaches courses in assessment and research. She has served as the external evaluator on several grants related to STEM education and Arts Education. Her research interests include: classroom assessment, program evaluation, STEM education, and self-efficacy.

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Diana L. Montgomery PhD

Evaluation and Education Consultant

As a program evaluator my work has focused on mixed-methods assessments of national, state, and project-based programs, with particular expertise in qualitative methods. I work collaboratively with other evaluators or independently on selected projects. Expertise includes science education; teacher preparation and retention; working conditions; systemic reform and interagency collaboration.Read More
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As a program evaluator my work has focused on mixed-methods assessments of national, state, and project-based programs, with particular expertise in qualitative methods. I work collaboratively with other evaluators or independently on selected projects. Expertise includes science education; teacher preparation and retention; working conditions; systemic reform and interagency collaboration.

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Jenille Morgan M.A.

Research Specialist

The mission of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) is to enhance the lives of children and families through interdisciplinary research, technical assistance, professional development, and implementation science. FPG generates knowledge, informs policies, and supports practices to promote positive developmental and educational outcomes for children of all backgrounds and abilities from the earliest years.…Read More
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute Website: http://fpg.unc.edu/node/639
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The mission of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) is to enhance the lives of children and families through interdisciplinary research, technical assistance, professional development, and implementation science. FPG generates knowledge, informs policies, and supports practices to promote positive developmental and educational outcomes for children of all backgrounds and abilities from the earliest years.

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Lance Morrison

Programs and M&E Specialist

I'm an evaluation and data science specialist with nearly 3 years of experience in international development conducting monitoring and evaluation of food security programs. I have expertise in monitoring and evaluation and data science including data management, analytics, and visualization.Read More
Rise Against Hunger Website: https://www.riseagainsthunger.org/
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I’m an evaluation and data science specialist with nearly 3 years of experience in international development conducting monitoring and evaluation of food security programs. I have expertise in monitoring and evaluation and data science including data management, analytics, and visualization.

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Melissa Page PhD, MPH

Evaluator – The Evaluation Group

The Evaluation Group has experience in evaluating federal, state, and foundation grant programs. We help programs articulate their underlying theories; design evaluations to maximize results without overburdening staff; identify and develop instruments; create data management and collection systems that meet performance requirements; analyze data using statistical techniques; and tailor reports.Read More
Home Apex NC Website: www.evaluationgroup.com
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The Evaluation Group has experience in evaluating federal, state, and foundation grant programs. We help programs articulate their underlying theories; design evaluations to maximize results without overburdening staff; identify and develop instruments; create data management and collection systems that meet performance requirements; analyze data using statistical techniques; and tailor reports.

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Tracy Pakornsawat

Project Manager

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Karen Peterman

STEM evaluator and researcher – consultkp.com, President – RTP Evaluators

Karen specializes in the evaluation of STEM education programs. She also conducts research on evaluation. Current projects focus on evaluation methods for science festivals and citizen science projects, as well as the development of an online graphical interpretation assessment.Read More
Home Durham NC Website: http://consultkp.com/about/
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Karen specializes in the evaluation of STEM education programs. She also conducts research on evaluation. Current projects focus on evaluation methods for science festivals and citizen science projects, as well as the development of an online graphical interpretation assessment.

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Christie Pettitt-Schieber

Research, Evaluation and Operations Manager

I specialize in mobile- and computer-based data collection, monitoring and reporting in LMIC.Read More
MiracleFeet Website: https://www.miraclefeet.org/about-miraclefeet/team/
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I specialize in mobile- and computer-based data collection, monitoring and reporting in LMIC.

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Bianka M. Reese MSPH

Evaluation Specialist

SHIFT NC (Sexual Health Initiatives For Teens) is a statewide nonprofit leading North Carolina to improve adolescent and young adult sexual health by increasing awareness, disseminating data, improving policy, and providing professional development opportunities for youth-serving organizations.Read More
SHIFT NC Website: www.shiftnc.org
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SHIFT NC (Sexual Health Initiatives For Teens) is a statewide nonprofit leading North Carolina to improve adolescent and young adult sexual health by increasing awareness, disseminating data, improving policy, and providing professional development opportunities for youth-serving organizations.

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Stephanie Shipman PhD

Semi-retired evaluation specialist

I supported federal evaluation capacity through studies and networking at the US Government Accountability Office for 37 years. I continue to serve on the AEA Evaluation Policy Task Force.Read More
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I supported federal evaluation capacity through studies and networking at the US Government Accountability Office for 37 years. I continue to serve on the AEA Evaluation Policy Task Force.

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Joy Sotolongo

Research Scientist – Child Trends

Joy Sotolongo has more than 20 years of experience evaluating federal, state, and local initiatives that improve the lives of children. She brings a participatory approach to her work to ensure results are used to positively impact children, families, and professionals who work with children.Read More
Home Durham NC Website: http://www.childtrends.org/staff/joy-sotolongo/
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Joy Sotolongo has more than 20 years of experience evaluating federal, state, and local initiatives that improve the lives of children. She brings a participatory approach to her work to ensure results are used to positively impact children, families, and professionals who work with children.

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