I have always wanted to use my skills to serve the larger community. This passion for dedicating my skills to support others led me to move to Tegucigalpa, Honduras to work in international health and economic development with Global Brigades to use my degree in Languages, Literature, and Cultures and learn about different cultures first hand. It was here that I learned about evaluation through an opportunity to join the Monitoring & Evaluation team on a project with the Community Health Worker program. I collected, entered, cleaned, analyzed data, and presented the findings, and I loved it! This was my real first experience in facilitating a data-driven decision by sharing the story of the data, and I knew I wanted to find a way to make a career out of this. Imagine my surprise and excitement when I learned that evaluation is an entire profession.
I officially joined the Monitoring & Evaluation team shortly after and have since moved through various roles to today where I am the Impact & Evaluation Manager. I received a Masters in Measurement & Evaluation from American University, where I refined my technical skills as an evaluator. I am known for simplifying complex concepts and data and making them easy to understand by all stakeholders. I like to think this is from having entered evaluation as an "accidental evaluator," but I know this is also from the dedication I have continuously shown to learning as much as possible about the ever-evolving field of evaluation. Before I found my love for evaluation, my passion was always in health. I was excited to join CareFirst as a Program Evaluation Specialist in 2020.
I am passionate about engaging with others in the evaluation community at large. I am the current Communications Chair for the Graduate Students and New Evaluators Topical Interest Group of the American Evaluation Association. I believe evaluation must be approached in a culturally responsive and equitable way and am presenting a paper on culturally responsive and equitable evaluation in international development at CREA 2020.
I am eager to continue learning and growing as an evaluator. Join me along the journey.
Design and Lead Evaluations Across Various Contexts
My evaluation work includes selecting, designing, and leading needs assessments, formative evaluations, process evaluations, summative evaluations, impact evaluations, and more. These evaluations include a combined 10+ countries across North America, Western Africa, and Europe with fieldwork and electronic data collection, in-person and virtual. While each evaluation is different, I strive for a mixed-methods and participatory approach when feasible.
Conduct Monitoring & Evaluation Team Capacity Building
I worked with the local M&E teams in Central America, Western Africa, and Europe to grow and refine their skills. I built a virtual training site for on-demand M&E Training, provided hands-on training including capacity building with needed skills such as qualitative interviewing, and promoted building a reflective, culturally responsive evaluation practice in international development through our work.
Increase Efficiencies through Electronic Data Collection tools
I created new versions of paper forms in the electronic data collection tool KoBo Toolbox. I trained the local teams on how to use the software on their smartphones, and in initial household surveys and data entry, there were time savings of over 70%. Skip logic and validation criteria built into the forms supported cleaner data collection than ever before. The results were so positive that tablets were purchased for the following year to continue to increase efficiencies.
2020 - Present
Program Evaluation Specialist, CareFirst
I work with teams to measure and evaluate program performance.
Impact & Evaluation Manager, Global Brigades
I led monitoring, evaluation, and reporting for the Monitoring & Evaluation team across seven countries in Central America, Western Africa, and Europe.
Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Associate, Global Brigades
I managed evaluations including selection and focusing evaluation designs that are appropriate and relevant and ensuring timeliness and data quality.
Monitoring & Evaluation Associate, Global Brigades
I ensured proper documentation of program methodologies, internal and external reporting, and lead historical data input after the adoption of an international database.
Master of Science, Measurement & Evaluation
Appalachian State University
Bachelor of Arts, Languages, Literature, and Cultures
Global Connections Certificate
AEA365, International and Cross Cultural Evaluation TIG, 2020
Appalachian State University, Honors Thesis, 2017