I am an independent program evaluator. I use qualitative methods to evaluate public health and social service programs. I have many years of experience conducting research and evaluation in public health programs, family planning and reproductive health, teen pregnancy prevention, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS, violence prevention, and programs targeting children and families. Many of these programs are housed in community based agencies, as well as health departments, professional associations, and partnerships and collaborations. I use qualitative methods using ethnography, focus groups, and in-depth interviews to supplement survey data. Now that I have been trained to train others to tell their stories, I feel that I have a new tool in my tool box. This approach provides a context and a deeper understanding of the issues and evaluation findings. I have worked with many community based programs that serve diverse cultural populations to develop and sustain an evaluation system and I strive to illustrate the relevance of evaluation data for strengthening programs. I earned my Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Southern California and I have been the president of Evaluation Works ARC for the last ten years. Prior to becoming an independent evaluator, I served as a research faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago for almost a decade.
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