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Strategies for Actionable Evaluation 


Sharon Nelson-Barber

Dr. Sharon Nelson-Barber directs WestEd’s Center for the Study of Culture and Language in STEM Education. Her research focuses on understanding how the sociocultural contexts in which students live influence the ways in which they make sense of schooling in mathematics and science. She also focuses on understanding how aspects of cultural knowledge can become visible in assessment and evaluation to ensure that schooling is equitable for allstudents. Her work spans the lower 48 states, Alaska, Micronesia, and many areas of Polynesia. She is co-founder of POLARIS (Pacific Rim Opportunities to Learn, Advance and Research Indigenous Systems), a research and development network that fosters healthy communities; encourages social and educational transformation; and brings an indigenous worldview to new frontiers of knowledge. She has published extensively and serves on a number of national advisory boards in anthropology and education. She earned a doctorate in human development from Harvard University, and completed postdoctoral work at Stanford University as a Spencer Fellow, also teaching at the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity.


Thomas Kelly, Jr.
Vice President for Knowledge, Evaluation & Learning, Hawaiʻi Community Foundation

Tom Kelly joined the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation in December 2012 as vice president for knowledge, evaluation and learning after 13 years managing evaluations at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore. His work includes the building of internal and grantee evaluation and knowledge-building capacity, evaluation of policy advocacy and community capacity, and foundation performance and results measurement. He also led the evaluation of Casey’s 12-year, 10-city community change initiative Making Connections. Tom is a board member of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and the Dr. Barbara J. Sugland Foundation and is a graduate of Harvard College and The George Washington University.


Monica Stitt-Bergh is an educational psychologist with twenty years of experience in higher education assessment and evaluation. In her current position as an Associate Specialist in the Assessment Office at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), she serves as an internal consultant for and offers workshops on program-level assessment of student learning and program evaluation. Monica is passionate about finding ways to improve the quality of higher education and conducts research on adult learning and cognitive development. Previously she worked as an educational specialist for the UHM Mānoa Writing Program and General Education Office. Monica was President (2008-2010) of the Hawai‘i-Pacific Evaluation Association (H-PEA), the local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association, and continues her involvement as a member of the H-PEA conference planning committee. She is a board member of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) and a member of the editorial review board of New Directions for Evaluation, a quarterly academic journal. She holds a PhD in Educational Psychology and an MA in English Composition and Rhetoric from UHM. Her classroom experience includes teaching courses on writing and research methodology. She has published articles and book chapters and given conference presentations on program assessment in higher education, writing program evaluation, self-assessment, and writing-across-the-curriculum.





Judith K. Inazu
 is the Acting Director of the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and Director of the Office for Evaluation and Needs Assessment Services located in SSRI. Dr. Inazu has more than 10 years of experience in program evaluation, which most recently has focused on the evaluation of large center and/or capacity building grants from NIH and NSF. She has also evaluated a number of smaller STEM-related awards from the USDOE and NSF, as well as a variety of educational or community-oriented projects from local foundations, the state, and county offices. Prior to her work in evaluation, Dr. Inazu was an administrator and taught psychology at the University of Hawai‘i. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Hawai‘i and her graduate degrees are from the University of Cincinnati. She is the founding president of H-PEA.

updated 08/02/2014

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