June 11, 2019

About

The best part of my job is that I get to meet passionate, inspiring do-gooders around the world. And it seems that no matter the location or work, the challenge is always the same. From healthcare advocates in Nepal, child welfare champions in Liberia, green space crusaders in NYC, and corporate giving leaders in Korea, we are globally struggling with the same two questions: How do we best demonstrate our impact? And where do we go from here?

I first encountered this question as an 8th grade public school teacher. I watched the field take the lofty, honorable desire to quantify a student’s success in school and transform it into a single metric that assessed how well a student did on a cumulative, standardized test. As a special educator, this struck me as particularly problematic. There had to be a better way, and I sought to find it.

I left the field of education and went back to school to study human behavior, international public health, and evaluation. Around the same time, I started consulting with nonprofits and government agencies in their pursuit to answer questions of impact and next steps. Evaluation + Learning Consulting was born. The work quickly escalated after I graduated three years later and with two master’s degrees. I left school better equipped with the vocabulary and tools that international players use when answering questions about program evaluation and planning.

Now I have the best job in the world. I have curated a talented team of consultants with a wide variety of backgrounds unified under a common mission: to shift civic-minded organizations towards a more data-driven way of being. I use my research-based, participatory approach to program planning and evaluation to help awesome people be even better at what they do. We define intended impacts and outcomes together, we develop culturally grounded assessments, and we build the skills needed to carry on the work when my contract has ended. But more importantly, I help these inspiring people change organizational culture by streamlining decision making, creating a common language and vision, educating new audiences, and getting to market fast. An investment in consulting with me reaps dividends.

I work a balance between credibility and clarity so I am careful to select clients with ready minds. Recent clients range from large nonprofits, community foundations, and government agencies. Because my background is interdisciplinary, I have a pretty fun ability to work with a wide range of fields, from education to health care to policy to market research and beyond.

The other part of my job that makes me thank my lucky stars is how often I travel, domestically and internationally, as a speaker and workshop presenter. In 2018, I led more than 20 classes, from 1 hour to 2 days in length, and spoke at two different international conferences. I have recently been recruited as an adjunct professor at New York University and will be teaching Quantitative Methods in the Fall.

In my spare time I have begun blogging about modern day challenges and lessons from the field. I am an active member of the American Evaluation Association and have sat on the executive board of their NYC chapter, blogging and webinar-ing my way through the past two years.

Working with me is an efficient and targeted endeavor, so that you can get back to saving the world even more effectively than when we first met. When you are ready to work with me, reach out. This will be fun.

Shoot me an email at elizabeth@evallearn.com.