I once had a dream that involved a conversation with Michael Scriven. He was concerned about the discipline of program evaluation and noted that a lot of evaluations are being done, but most of the people doing them don’t actually understand evaluation. He described it as a “wrinkle” in the field.
I often work with evaluation clients, students, training participants, and colleagues who have little or no formal training in program evaluation. I want them to understand evaluation—to smooth out the wrinkles. I want to promote the discipline and build evaluation capacity.
I’ve been program evaluating since 1994 and currently work at the University of North Carolina Wilmington as Associate Professor and Interim Chair of the Educational Leadership Department in the Watson College of Education. I’ve also worked as a program evaluator in non-profit and for-profit organizations. My publications and presentations focus on evaluation methods and include a book on evaluability assessment, co-authored with Mike Trevisan.
My educational background includes a Ph.D. in Research and Evaluation and a M.S. in Instructional Design and Development, both from Utah State University. My B.A. is in French, from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and I started my professional life as a French teacher.