Centre for Multi Cultural Program Evaluation

Strategic Oversight and Advisory Board

An Advisory Board of sector and research professionals provide governance, oversight and strategic advice in terms of the ethical and sustainable development of the organisation. The Advisory Board gives considered advice, recommendations or counsel, come together to ‘road test’ ideas, ensures the company delivers on its commitments and works within its vision mission and values.

*Listed in alphabetical order by surname

Prof. Donnel Briley

Marketing

Prof Donnel Briley

Donnel Briley’s PhD is from Stanford University, where he also received a B.S. in mechanical engineering. In addition, he completed an M.B.A. at University of California, Berkeley and a post-graduate program in political economics at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, France. His research, which focuses primarily on the influence of culture and ethnicity on consumers’ judgments and decisions, has been published in top marketing and psychology journals, including Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Psychology and Social Cognition. In 2001, he won the award for best dissertation-base article in the Journal of Consumer Research.

Donnel lived in North America, France and Hong Kong before coming to Sydney. He was on the faculty of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Visiting Scholar at Stanford University.

Previously, Donnel was a management consultant at Price Waterhouse Coopers, San Francisco, where he specialized in international strategy issues.

Editorial Board: Journal of Consumer Research (2008-present), Asian Journal of Social Psychology (2008-present)

Richard Dent, OAM, FAICD

Senior Executive Leader

Prof. Jori Hall

Partner and Co-founding Director

Prof. Jori Hall

Jori N. Hall received her PhD in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. She is an award-winning author and multidisciplinary researcher. Hall’s research is concerned with social inequalities and the overall rigor of social science research. Her work addresses issues of research methodology, cultural responsiveness, and the role of values and privilege within the fields of evaluation, education, and health. Hall has published numerous peer- reviewed works in scholarly venues; authored the book “Focus Groups: Culturally Responsive Approaches for Qualitative Inquiry and Program Evaluation” and was selected as a Leaders of Equitable Evaluation and Diversity (LEEAD) fellow by The Annie E. Casey Foundation. Hall is the 2020 recipient of the American Evaluation Association’s Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation Topical Interest Group Scholarly Leader Award for scholarship that has contributed to culturally responsive evaluation. She currently serves as a researcher for programs funded by the Spencer Foundation. She was also the Co-Editor-in-Chief for the “American Journal of Evaluation.”

Prof. Jennifer Greene

Mixed Methods Evaluation Specialist (Technical Advisor/Senior Partner)

Prof Jennifer Greene

Jennifer C. Greene is a professor emerita of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her BA in psychology from Wellesley College (1971) and her PhD in educational psychology from Stanford University (1976). Prior to Illinois, Greene held faculty positions at the University of Rhode Island and Cornell University. Greene’s work focuses on the intersection of social science methodology and social policy and aspires to be both methodologically innovative and socially responsible. Greene’s methodological research has concentrated on advancing qualitative and mixed methods approaches to social inquiry. In the field of evaluation, she has contributed both theoretical and practical scholarship in democratic and values-engaged approaches to evaluation.

Greene’s evaluation scholarship is well anchored in her evaluation practice. From her early work evaluating local educational programs born in the Great Society era to numerous evaluations of NSF educational programs designed to enable all children to learn about STEM, Greene’s evaluation scholarship has been importantly grounded in her evaluation practice.

Mr. Frank Piccolo

Accountant

Mr. Frank Piccolo

Frank Piccolo’s accounting and tax career has spanned over 20 years. He began his career with the ATO in Advising and Investigations before moving to a chartered firm where he stayed for seven years. In 1995, Frank started his own business, Frank Piccolo & Co. In 2012, he purchased Steve Dossis and Associates which has now grown into a successful boutique firm; PKD Partners Pty Ltd. Frank’s expertise extends to business reorganisations, tax planning and family business. His greatest achievements have been providing young accountants with a platform to launch their own successful careers, developing long term relationships with his clients to help them reach their financial and business goals. Frank holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from RMIT and is CPA qualified.

Mr. David Roberts

Evaluation, Market Research & Comunity Engagement Specialist (Technical Advisor/Partner)

Mr. David Roberts

David Roberts (MAsEval, BA.(Hons), QPR) is a self-employed consultant with over 35 years experience in evaluations. His evaluation experience encompasses a wide range of approaches and methods across diverse fields (e.g. health, education, counter-terrorism, project evaluations and organisational systems). In 2016, David was awarded the Ros Hurworth Prize for Best Conference Paper at the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) Conference in Perth, Australia.
He is highly regarded in the evaluation profession and has held evaluation leadership positions in Australia and internationally. He is currently a Board member of the International Organization for Collaborative Outcome Management (IOCOM) and is on two AES committees.
From 2012 to 2014, David was President of the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES), a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Organisation for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) and a member of the Management Group of EvalPartners, an international collaboration of United Nations agencies, governments and evaluation societies. Other positions include Chair of the AES Awards Committee, Chair of the ACT Health Advisory Committee and Steering Committee, Hospital in the Home Evaluation, Canberra Hospital (1997-98)
David has training in Anthropology, Evaluation and Community Development. He has a Masters of Assessment and Evaluation. His thesis examined how cognitive structures inform and drive participant responses to elicitation (or projective) techniques. David has conducted workshops for over 30 years in areas such as Community Engagement, Participatory Research, Evaluation Design, Elicitation Techniques, Qualitative Methods and Program TheoryMAsEval, BA.(Hons), QPR) .

Ms. Eva Sarr

CEO & Founding Director

Ms. Eva Sarr

Eva Sarr is an indigenous Serer woman from Sene-Gambia, in West Africa. She is also a 6th generation Australian woman of indigenous Celtic–Scottish and Irish–descent. Her father was Muslim and her mother, Catholic. She was raised in Global South nations in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific by her mother, who worked as a Peace Corps Medical Officer.

Eva is a mixed methods evaluator with 15 years of experience. She has worked internationally, with Indigenous Australians and with Australia’s State and Federal governments and the Not-for-Profit sector in Australia, as an external evaluator, senior internal evaluator and project manager across the health, education, employment, arts, and community development sectors.

Eva is the founding chair of the Australian Evaluation Society’s first Multicultural Special Interest Group and an affiliate of the Center for Culturally Responsive Assessment and Evaluation. She is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Multicultural Program Evaluation (CMPE).

Mrs. Cath Scarth

Chair

Mrs. Cath Scarth

Catherine Scarth’s career has focussed on the design and implementation of innovative social programs and enterprises in Australia and the United Kingdom. She has achieved this through the creation of partnerships with government, employers and the community sector to deliver programs designed to increase the economic and social participation for newly arrived migrants and refugees.

Ms Scarth is the Chief Executive Officer of AMES Australia, an organisation providing a wide range of interconnected settlement, education, vocational training and employment services in Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and Tasmania.

Ms Scarth is a member of the Settlement Services Advisory Council (SSAC) and a Board member of the Migration Council of Australia.

Panel of Professional Evaluators and Associate Consultants

The Centre for Multicultural Policy and Program Evaluation offers agility, complementary knowledge, expertise and skills from the perspectives of professionals working in population analysis; qualitative analysis; theory of change design and development; health planning’ market analysis; needs assessments; evaluation; economic analysis; epidemiological studies; program design, development and delivery; action research; monitoring and evaluation; evaluation and research capacity building and evidence-based policy design and development.

Our team consists of a network of senior partners, directors, senior managers, researchers, project managers, consultants, analysts, allies, subcontractors and affiliates, some of whom are international thought leaders in diversity, equity inclusion and social justice in evaluation and strategic policy reviews.

We subcontract the Social Research Centre, which has a staff of 85 professionals including researchers, statisticians, analysts, data scientists, administrative staff and more than 200 interviewers working remotely with bilingual interviewing capability in 25 languages, and ARTD consultants whose offices are based in New South Wales and Victoria.  ARTD has worked for 30 years in the industry and is one of the the most respected and enduring consultancy firms in the field of evaluation.

Using a social procurement model, we also recruit diverse community leaders and, depending on their level of experience, remunerate them on a project-by-project basis to enable their participation at all stages of the evaluation and research lifecycles and collaborate with Polaron Language Services as needed.

*Listed in alphabetical order by surname

Mr. Ismaela Abubakar

Database Developer & Analyst (Senior Consultant)

Mr. Ismaela Abubakar

Ismaela ABUBAKAR is an Information system Developer having worked with Medical Research Council Unit, the Gambia as a senior data manager for 17 years and now with Liverpool School of tropical medicine, Liverpool, UK. Ismaela is expert in the following software systems: REDCap, OpenClinical, MS Access and VBA, STATA, SPSS, ODK and High chart. Ismalea designs and develops database across multiple devices, performs data analysis, creates Dashboard and reports.

Dr. Brad Astbury

Evaluation & Social Research Specialist (Senior Associate Consultant)

Dr. Brad Astbury

Brad has deep expertise in leading multidisciplinary teams, engaging stakeholders and combining multiple forms of evidence to improve both the quality and utility of evaluation. He has managed and conducted organisational reviews, needs assessments, process and impact studies and theory-driven evaluations across a wide range of policy areas for industry, government, community and not-for-profit clients.

Brad has over 18 years of experience in evaluation and applied social research. Brad has worked with ARTD, which is an evaluation consulting company, for five years and for over a decade, Brad worked at the University of Melbourne, where he taught and mentored postgraduate evaluation students studying for the Masters of Evaluation. Brad was instrumental in developing this course, which is the only one of its kind in Australasia. He maintains an honorary fellow position at the University. From 2013 to 2016 he was appointed as a part-time Senior Research Fellow at Deakin University, School of Population Health to consult on a large ARC linkage grant examining co design approaches to optimise health literacy.

Brad is an excellent communicator who is able to explain and translate complex ideas for diverse audiences. He has extensive experience conducting and facilitating workshops, seminars and professional development activities – training staff in evaluation approaches and data collection techniques. Many of these engagements have involved longer term work to develop monitoring and evaluation frameworks, build internal evaluation capacity, and prepare in-house research and evaluation toolkits.

Brad has published widely in top-ranked evaluation journals such as the American Journal of Evaluation, Evaluation and Advances in Evaluation book series. He is a recognised international leader in the development of innovative approaches to advance evaluation theory, methodology and practice.

He is a current member of the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) and the American Evaluation Association (AEA)
Qualifications: Master of Assessment and Evaluation, (2011, University of Melbourne); Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice), (2000, RMIT University).

Mr. Ross Barnett

Multicultural Action Strategy-Local Government (Director)

Mr. Ross Barnett

Ross specializes in the diversity space and offers support in strategic planning, consultation, facilitation, stakeholder management, governance, grant writing, and policy development. He has recent experience in local government and has developed a range of Multicultural Action Plans, Strategic Plans, and Reconciliation Action Plans. Ross has had roles including Director of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria, CEO of Russian Welfare Society, and Director of the South Eastern Migrant and Refugee Centre. He is a passionate believer in the positive contribution migrants and refugees make to creating a fairer, more tolerant, more creative, and more prosperous nation. Ross’s experience includes roles in the three tiers of government in Australia and in the not-for-profit sector in the UK, NSW, SA as well as Victoria.

Ross is passionate about the delivery of culturally appropriate services, and about creating sustainable, well-managed NFP organizations that can support this aspiration. Ross’ other professional interests include being a Board member of the Russian Welfare Society, former Chairperson of the Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network, and member of the VEC Advisory Committee. Ross is a recipient of the Victorian Meritorious Award for Service to the Community award.

Dr. Katrina Bledsoe

Culturally Responsive & Racial Equity Evaluation Specialist (Technical Advisor/Partner)

Dr. Katrina Bledsoe

Katrina is a trained evaluator, mixed methodologist, and social psychologist with almost 25 years of evaluation experience at the local, state, and federal government levels. Her areas of focus include community-based social service, health and education evaluation and programming, theory-driven, culturally responsive, and equity-focused evaluation approaches, mixed methodology and methods, applied social psychology, equity and cultural contexts, and organizational learning. 
 
Dr. Bledsoe has served as principal investigator, co-principal investigator, or project director, on a variety of projects, and has received grants and contracts for programs in mental and physical health, the arts, economic sustainability, education, and international development. She is a consultant to federal, state, and local government agenciesand to schools, universities, foundations, and community-based organizations. Dr. Bledsoe is a non-university affiliate researcher of the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
 
Dr. Bledsoe is the author of chapters, articles, and blogs focusing on evaluation practice, and mixed methodology and evaluation, as well as cultural responsiveness and equity in evaluation, social psychology, and other topics. Herwork has been published in journals such as the American Journal of Evaluation, and New Directions in Evaluation. She is currently a co-editor of the Information Age Publishing sponsored Evaluation and Society book series. 

Dr. Kylie Brosnan

Social Market Research & Program Evaluation Specialist (Senior Associate Consultant)

Dr. Kylie Brosnan

Kylie brings nearly three decades of experience in social and market research and program evaluation. Over her career she has designed and managed many complex data collection projects with expertise in longitudinal studies and vulnerable populations including
children, migrants, veterans, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Before joining the Social Research Centre in 2021, Kylie was at Ipsos, where she was the ambassador for Australia and New Zealand in the Ipsos Global Science Organisation, working with a scientific community focused on data science, neuroscience and behavioural science.

In 2020 Kylie completed the micro credential for Behaviour Change at Monash University Behaviour Works. She has a passion and skill in using behavioural science to change behaviour in policy, programs and social marketing campaigns. Prior to Ipsos, she was Managing Director of Social Policy and Evaluation Research at Colmar Brunton and held management roles at both I-view and AC Nielsen.

Kylie has a PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of Queensland, a Diploma of Marketing Research from Charles Sturt University, and a Bachelor of Business from the University of Southern Queensland. Her thesis topic was data quality in online surveys including four essays on improving respondent participation and response effort.

Dr. Maria Pallota-Chiarolli

Academic, Activist Cultural Diversity & Intersectionality Specialist (Director)

Dr. Maria Pallota Chiarolli

Dr. Maria Pallota-Chiarolli Academic, Activist Cultural Diversity & Intersectionality Specialist (Director). Maria is of Southern Italian ancestry. She is committed to empowering, mentoring and supporting younger generations, emerging academics, and marginalised communities. 

For over 30 years, Maria has been an academic, author, activist and ally in the intersections of cultural diversity, gender and sexual diversity, relationship and family diversity.

Maria espouses research and evaluations, training and advocacy that empower the communities and organisations she works for and with. She is currently a researcher in the ARC grant: Improving Spiritual Health Care for LGBT Victorians: Beyond Conversion Practices led by Dr Tim Jones, HUSS, La Trobe University.

Dr. David Fetterman

Founding Scholar-Practitioner: Empowerment Evaluation (Technical Advisor/Senior Partner)

Dr. David Fetterman

David M. Fetterman, president and CEO of Fetterman & Associates, an international evaluation consulting firm. He has worked in over 16 countries, working in townships in South Africa and Native American reservations, as well as in high tech firms in Silicon Valley, including Google and Hewlett-Packard. He has 25 years of experience at Stanford University, serving as a School of Education faculty member, School of Medicine director of evaluation, and senior member of Stanford administration.

Fetterman concurrently serves as a faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Previously, Dr. Fetterman was a professor and research director at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Principal Research Scientist at the American Institutes for Research, and a senior associate at RMC Research Corporation.

Fetterman is a past president of the American Anthropological Association’s Council on Anthropology and Education and a past president of the American Evaluation Association. He is the recipient of the American Anthropological Association’s President’s Prize for excellence and innovation in applying anthropological insights to the evaluation and improvement of education, social, and health services. Fetterman was also recognized as the Top Anthropologist of the Year for 2019 and of the decade in 2020. He is the recipient of the Paul Lazarsfeld Award for Outstanding Contributions to Evaluation Theory and the Myrdal Award for Cumulative Contributions to Evaluation Practice. Fetterman received the American Educational Research Association Research on Evaluation Distinguished Scholar Award and the Mensa Award for Research Excellence. Fetterman is the founder of empowerment evaluation (a community selfassessment approach). He has published 17 books, including Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation: Stakeholder Involvement Approaches and Empowerment Evaluation in the Digital Villages: Hewlett- Packard’s $15 Million Race Toward Social Justice (Stanford University Press).

Mr. Andrew Hawkins

Monitoring, Evaluation & Program Logic Specialist (Senior Associate Consultant)

Mr. Andrew Hawkins

Andrew is a specialist in strategic monitoring and evaluation, program logic and evaluation methodology. Andrew’s strength lies in delivering credible and useful evidence for decision-making. This springs from his commitment to understanding the needs of his clients, and the nature of evidence in complex systems, including the appropriate use of experimental, quasi-experimental, realist and other methods for testing program theory. Andrew believes that evaluation is a constant process of seeking evidence to support decision making that is relevant to program design and its implementation as well as the monitoring and measurement of outcomes. He draws on a 20 year background in public administration, psychology, statistics, administrative law and applied behaviour change theory. He uses a realist lens and empirical analysis to evaluate the adequacy of program design, monitor performance and conduct comprehensive evaluations to help clients understand how interventions work, and how they may be improved to achieve strategic objectives. He has provided advice to agencies across the public and not-for-profit policy spectrum on contemporary methods for conducting evaluation—including in 2015 when he co-authored Choosing appropriate designs and methods for impact evaluation with Professor Patricia Rogers RMIT for the Office of the Chief Economist, Department of Industry and Science. He is currently providing advice to the Australian Department of Social Service on their ‘Evaluation Readiness’ Service. He is also working with other Australian Departments, including Prime Minister and Cabinet, Employment, Infrastructure, Immigration and Border Protection, Industry, Innovation and Science. He also works for NSW Government agencies and NGOs, both small and large on social policy and the intersection between government and industry. Andrew was Chair of the AES Realist Evaluation Special Interest Group from 2014-2018 and is an honorary fellow with Charles Darwin University’s Northern Institute where he regularly collaborates with international realist expert Professor Gill Westhorp. He published Realist evaluation and randomised controlled trials for testing program theory in complex social systems and was a contributor to RAMESES II reporting standards for realist evaluations. In 2014, he led the team that won the Australasian Evaluation Society’s (AES) award for Best Public Sector Evaluation. Qualifications: Masters of Administrative Law and Public Policy (2007, University of Sydney); Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (Hons) (2000, University of Sydney) See http://artd.com.au for more details including a CV.

Dr. Sarah Cheikh Husain

Senior Research/Evaluation Associate and Relationships Manager (Consultant)

Dr. Sarah Cheikh Husain

Dr. Sarah Cheikh Husain speaks Arabic fluently and is of Syrian heritage. She emigrated to Australia in 2014 from the United Arab Emirates where she was born and raised. She is a Muslim mother of four young children.

Sarah is a passionate early career researcher who conducted her PhD at Alfred Deakin institute for citizenship and Globalisation ADI at Deakin university. Her research, funded by the UNESCO Chair for Comparative Research on cultural diversity and Social Justice, focuses on Victorian Muslim Community Organisations’ perceptions of Islamophobia and their anti-Islamophobia strategies and actions. She conducted qualitative analysis explore Victorian Muslim Community Organisations’ perceptions of and responses to Islamophobia in ways that capture the influence of factors shaping and restricting their agency. Sara has published in academic journals and presented at various conferences. She worked with the Australian Muslim Advocacy Network AMAN to co-produce a supplementary document to AMAN’s input to the report on Anti-Muslim hatred and discrimination by the UN special rapporteur on freedom of religion and belief (2020). Sara is an active and independent academic invested in exploring diversity and human rights particularly social injustices facing refugees, migrants, and women. Since 2018, Sara has been a member of the Challenging Racism Project CRP at Western Sydney University. She is currently a General Executive at the Australian Association of Islam and Muslims Studies AAIMs, an Associate Member at Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies CRIS, Member of the Advisory Committee at the Scanlon Foundation Research Institute. She works as a causal research fellow at ADI, and a sessional teaching academic at Deakin university, Monash university, Macquarie University and Box Hill Institute. She works closely with Our Race social enterprise on various projects aimed at empowering historically othered groups.

 

Asst. Prof. Gregory Phillips

LGBTQI+ Culturally Responsive & Equity-Focused Evaluation Specialist (Director & Intersectionality Technical Advisor)

Asst. Prof. Gregory Phillips

Assistant Professor Gregory Phillips II, PhD, MS (he/him/his) is a Manager. Dr. Phillips is Assistant Professor of Medical Social Sciences and Preventive Medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is the founder of the Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance (EDIT) Program within the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH), which aims to eliminate health disparities among marginalized populations, especially sexual, gender, and racial minority groups, using evaluation, capacity building, and community engaged research. He currently runs the Evaluation Center within EDIT which provides evaluation and quality management services to over 50 community agencies via the Chicago Department of Public Health’s HIV services portfolio, grounded in his homegrown Systems-Informed Empowerment Evaluation approach. Dr. Phillips is currently an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Evaluation, and is the first Affiliate Researcher with the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) to focus on LGBTQ populations. In addition, he currently serves as the Co-Chair of the American Evaluation Association’s LGBT Topical Interest Group. Throughout his career, Dr. Phillips’ work has always centered the LGBTQ+ community, and he has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and delivered over 100 presentations and professional development workshops at scholarly conferences internationally focused on LGBTQ+ community engagement and health.

Mr. David Roberts

Evaluation, Market Research & Comunity Engagement Specialist (Technical Advisor/Partner)

Mr. David Roberts

David Roberts (MAsEval, BA.(Hons), QPR) is a self-employed consultant with over 35 years experience in evaluations. His evaluation experience encompasses a wide range of approaches and methods across diverse fields (e.g. health, education, counter-terrorism, project evaluations and organisational systems). In 2016, David was awarded the Ros Hurworth Prize for Best Conference Paper at the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) Conference in Perth, Australia.
He is highly regarded in the evaluation profession and has held evaluation leadership positions in Australia and internationally. He is currently a Board member of the International Organization for Collaborative Outcome Management (IOCOM) and is on two AES committees.
From 2012 to 2014, David was President of the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES), a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Organisation for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) and a member of the Management Group of EvalPartners, an international collaboration of United Nations agencies, governments and evaluation societies. Other positions include Chair of the AES Awards Committee, Chair of the ACT Health Advisory Committee and Steering Committee, Hospital in the Home Evaluation, Canberra Hospital (1997-98)
David has training in Anthropology, Evaluation and Community Development. He has a Masters of Assessment and Evaluation. His thesis examined how cognitive structures inform and drive participant responses to elicitation (or projective) techniques. David has conducted workshops for over 30 years in areas such as Community Engagement, Participatory Research, Evaluation Design, Elicitation Techniques, Qualitative Methods and Program TheoryMAsEval, BA.(Hons), QPR) .

Mr. Eldar Salkovic

Investment Logic Map & Strategic Planning Expert (Director)

Mr. Eldar Salkovic

Eldar Salkovic is a Director, and highly sought after strategist and business an with strong problem solving, interpersonal and stakeholder management capabilities. Innovative and firmly grounded in evidence based decision making. Eldar has extensive experience working across the Federal and Victorian Public Service in roles ranging from strategising, policy development, policy implementation, benefits management and evaluation and business case development. He has specialist expertise in the Investment Management standard methodology, particularly in the delivery of problem, benefits, strategic response and solution definition workshops and he is a Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance appointed Investment Management Facilitator Accreditor.

Prof. Veronica Thomas

Culturally Responsive & Equity Oriented Evaluation Specialist (Racial Equity Technical Advisor/Partner)

Prof. Veronica Thomas

Veronica G. Thomas, PhD, is a professor of Human Development and Psychoeducational Studies at Howard University. She also serves as the Evaluation and Continuous Improvement (ECI) Director for the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical Translational Sciences (GHUCCTS). Her research interests include culturally responsive evaluation, physical and psychological well-being of Black families, with particular emphasis on women and girls, and the academic and professional development of students of color. Over the years, Dr. Thomas has published work in numerous refereed journals including the American Journal of Evaluation, New Directions for Evaluation, Journal of Community Genetics, Journal of Black Psychology, International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling (British spelling), Family Relations, Adolescence, Educational Leadership, Journal of Adult Development, Review of Research in Education, Journal of Negro Education, Sex Roles, Journal of Social Psychology, Women and Health, and the Journal of the National Medical Association. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Education, and the Women’s College Coalition. Dr. Thomas major professional associations include the American Evaluation Association (AEA), American Psychological Association (APA), and the American Educational Research Association (AERA). In 2019, she received the AEA Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation Scholarly Leader Award for scholarship that has contributed to social justice-oriented, equity-focused, and/or culturally responsive literature.

Mr. Bob Williams

Systems, Evaluation & Action Research Specialist (Technical Advisor/Partner)

Mr. Bob Williams

Bob Williams is known internationally as working in various fields, including systems, evaluation and action research.

Bob has been using systems concepts in his work for over forty years. He was originally trained as an ecologist, one of the earliest systems disciplines, and spent four years with the Systems Group at the Open University in the United Kingdom. Bob is well versed in a variety of different systems methods, although in recent years has focused on those more relevant to evaluation, such as soft and critical systems, viable systems and cultural-historical activity systems.

Although he is now based in Argentina, he has conducted organisational development and evaluation projects as well as many systems and evaluation workshops in Aotearoa, Australia, North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

In 2015, Bob was presented with the American Evaluation Association’s Lazarsfeld Award for his contributions to the theory and practice of evaluation – especially the introduction of systems ideas into evaluation practice