OPEN Member Spotlight:
How long have you been a member of OPEN?
I joined open in the spring of 2015 so that I could attend this wonderful workshop about creating consensus among stakeholders and community members.
Why do you belong to OPEN?
I like being able to attend networking events, meet other people working in the field, and having access to the workshops that OPEN organizes for professional development.
What got you interested in evaluation?
Before I knew that program evaluation was “thing” I was involved in a developmental evaluation of a public health pilot project as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala. I moved from there to graduate school at Oregon State University and landed in my first program evaluation course, and began to understand the work that I had done in Guatemala from a new perspective with a more critical lens. That class hooked me on program evaluation, and led me to taking every possible method course I could fit into my schedule, which is a strategy I recommend for any students considering evaluation as a career.
Who is your evaluation hero, and why?
My evaluation hero is Marc Braverman, who designed and taught the course I mentioned above and lives and works in Corvallis, Oregon. He is tireless in his efforts to provide students a comprehensive introduction to program evaluation, and has the great ability to offer constructive criticism to strengthen the design of proposed projects. He is uncompromising in the quality of the projects he designs and executes, and I admire his commitment to doing the best possible evaluations. Additionally, he demonstrates that it is possible to be embedded in communities outside of large metro areas while working in evaluation.