Wednesday, October 26

Opening Ceremony & Presidential Address

3:15 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.

John Gargani; Nicky Bowman

John Gargani is the 2016 President of AEA and President of Gargani + Company, Inc., a consulting company in Berkeley, California, that has helped organizations achieve their social missions for over 20 years. John and his staff work with organizations of every type—nonprofit, foundations, corporations, social enterprises, and government agencies—to design innovative solutions to social and environmental problems, and to evaluate their effectiveness and efficiency in rigorous ways.  John teaches courses on social entrepreneurship, program design, and evaluation at Claremont Graduate University, where he also directs a research group developing new evaluation methods for impact investing, social enterprises, and pay-for-success funding mechanisms. John holds three graduate degrees—a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied measurement and evaluation; an M.S. in Statistics from New York University’s Stern School of Business; and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.



Dr. Nicole Bowman (Mohican/Munsee) is the president and founder of the nationally award winning Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC) in Shawano, Wisconsin. Nicole earned a PhD in 2015 in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis Department from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW), one the nation’s top education schools. Her dissertation was recognized as the first multi-jurisdictional educational policy study in the country to systemically examine how Tribal and non-Tribal educational policy is developed and implemented as public and Tribal governments intersect to educate Indigenous students attending K-12 public schools. Dr. Bowman also has an appointment at the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Education Research. She serves as an evaluator for the LEAD Center and the WEC Center.

As BPC’s president, Dr. Bowman has led over two decades of culturally responsive and multi-jurisdictional evaluation, research, training and technical assistance. BPC’s living mission and motto is "working WITH people and not ON them," reflecting Nicole’s leadership as a responsive and respected subject matter expert on multi-jurisdictional, education policy, and Indigenous evaluation. This authentic daily practice has helped BPC grow a loyal, diverse, and national client base of hundreds of Native and non-Native clients from all sectors: public, private, and non-profit. BPC is a trusted, collaborative, and innovative partner that provides effective, responsive, and relevant services. BPCs clients do not merely meet their evaluation goals, but build professional and organizational capacities, skills, and resources during the process.

Thursday, October 27

What Can Evaluators Learn From Design (And Vice Versa)?

9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Heather Fleming; Katrina Bledsoe

Heather Fleming is the CEO of Catapult Design, a product and service design firm with an expertise in human-centered design for marginalized communities. Catapult partners with organizations to develop sustainable solutions that address technology and social issues such as: rural electrification, water purification and transport, food security, and improved health.

Before starting Catapult, Heather was a product design consultant in Silicon Valley, designing products for a diverse range of corporate clients and an Adjunct Lecturer at Stanford University and California Academy of the Arts.  In 2005, she co-founded and led a volunteer group, the Appropriate Technology Design Team (ATDT), focused on social impact design work through a professional chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) in San Francisco.  The ATDT still exists today and engages hundreds of volunteers in engineering and design challenges throughout the developing world.


Friday, October 28 

Learning from the Original Designers of Evaluation

9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Nicky Bowman; Robert Chambers; Mallika Samaranayake; Michael Scriven; Stafford Hood

Robert Chambers is a research associate of the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, which has been his base for most of his life. With a background in biology, history, and public administration he is now undisciplined. He has carried out field research in Africa and Asia, including Kenya, India, and Sri Lanka; worked as a field administrator and failed manager of evaluation in Kenya; and has been the first Evaluation Officer in UNHCR and a Programme Officer with the Ford Foundation in India.  His books include Rural Development: putting the last first, Whose Reality Counts? Putting the first last and Revolutions in Development Inquiry and he is struggling to finish ‘To know better: reflections for international development’. His current interests include complexity, professional errors, myths, biases and blind spots, participatory methodologies, Community-Led Total Sanitation, and rural sanitation in India. 



Mallika Rukminie Samaranayake is Founder Director / Chairperson of the Institute for Participatory Interaction in Development (IPID) Sri Lanka – 1996 and continues to function as its Chairperson. The Institute is committed to promoting participatory methodologies in development through networking, capacity building, consultancy services, research assignments, socio economic assessments and impact evaluations provided to organizations (National, International, and Bilateral) to adopt and mainstream participatory processes into their development programs with emphasis on Results Based Monitoring and Evaluation and Gender Mainstreaming. She is backed by more than 30 years of work and consultancy experience.

Mallika is a Founder member and First President of the Community of Evaluators (COE) – South Asia. She was founder member and Past President of the Sri Lanka Evaluation Association (SLEvA) 2006 - 2009. Mallika was a member of the Core Evaluation Team for Phase 2 of the Paris Declaration Evaluation (PDE) which won the “AEA 2012 Outstanding Evaluation Award”. She served as a member of the International Steering Committee of the Joint MFS II Evaluation Program of Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Netherlands (2013 – 2015). 

Michael Scriven earned two degrees in mathematics and physics from the University of Melbourne, and was recently awarded a doctorate by his alma mater for lifetime contributions to educational research. He went from Melbourne to Oxford for a doctorate in philosophy, and has since produced about 460 publications in those three areas plus the history and philosophy of science, critical thinking, evaluation, cosmology, jurisprudence, computer science, and the area of his current appointment, psychology, while serving on the faculty at Berkeley, Claremont, Harvard, and several other universities in the US, Australia, and New Zealand.





Stafford Hood is the Sheila M. Miller Professor of Education and Founding Director of the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment ( in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he also holds appointments as Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Psychology. He has also held appointments as the Associate Dean for Research and Research Education in the College of Education and Head of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

His research and scholarly activities focus primarily on the role of culture in educational assessment and culturally responsive approaches in program evaluation. Dr. Hood was also the founding Co-Director of the annual national conference on the Relevance of Assessment and Culture in Evaluation that was sponsored by the College of Education at Arizona State University from 2000 to 2007 and has served as the principal investigator on several grants funded by the National Science Foundation.  He has served on many national advisory boards and committees including the Educational Testing Service’s Visiting Panel for Research, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Technical Advisory Committee,  American Indian Higher Education Consortium’s NSF funded “Building an Indigenous Framework for STEM Evaluation” project, and Robert Woods Johnson Foundations Evaluation Fellowship program to name only a few. His professional service also includes President of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) SIG/Research Focus on Black Education, Co-Editor of the AERA journal Educational Researcher Features Section and editorial boards of the AERA journals Review of Educational Research and American Educational Research Journal. He has also served on the editorial boards of the American Evaluation Association’s journals American Journal of Evaluation and New Directions for Evaluation. He was selected as a Fellow of the American Council on Education in 2001. 

Saturday, October 29

 Closing Plenary

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. 

John Gargani; Kathryn Newcomer; Beverly Parsons; Leslie Goodyear

Kathryn Newcomer is the Director of the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University where she teaches graduate level courses on public and nonprofit program evaluation, and research design.  She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and currently serves on the Comptroller General’s Educators’ Advisory Panel. She served as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) (2012-2015), and will begin service as AEA president on January 1, 2017.  She routinely conducts research and training for federal and local government agencies and nonprofit organizations on performance measurement and program evaluation, and has designed and conducted evaluations for many U.S. federal agencies and dozens of nonprofit organizations. 

Dr. Newcomer has published five books, including The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation (4th edition 2015) and Transformational Leadership: Leading Change in Public and Nonprofit Agencies (June 2008), a volume of New Directions for Public Program Evaluation, Using Performance Measurement to Improve Public and Nonprofit Programs (1997), and over 60 articles in journals including the Public Administration Review and the American Journal of Evaluation. She served as President of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) for 2006-2007. She has received two Fulbright awards, one for Taiwan (1993) and one for Egypt (2001-04). She has lectured on performance measurement and public program evaluation in Ukraine, China, Australia, Brazil, Italy, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Poland, Costa Rica, Egypt, Taiwan, Colombia, Nicaragua, and the UK.


Beverly Parsons is Executive Director of InSites, a non-profit research, evaluation, and planning organization with a focus on sustainability, equity, complexity, and systems-based social change. She focuses on evaluating multi-year, multi-site initiatives. Beverly was the 2014 President of the American Evaluation Association with a focus on Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future.

She has worked with organizations such as the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Danforth Foundation, the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, networks of school-university partnerships, the National Science Foundation, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy. She has consulted on and/or conducted evaluations in China, Japan, Europe, Brazil, Nepal, and South Africa.




Leslie Goodyear, PhD, is an evaluator and evaluation capacity builder with significant experience leading complex evaluations of national and local programs and systems, particularly government-funded programs. She has conducted evaluations in both formal and informal educational settings that serve youth, with a recent focus on STEM educational initiatives that aim to broaden participation in STEM. She is the newly elected President-elect of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), the associate editor of the American Journal of Evaluation, a former board member of the AEA, and past chair of the AEA Ethics Committee. Her publications focus on qualitative inquiry, evaluation use, ethics, and evaluation capacity building.

During her EDC tenure, Goodyear took a leave to serve as a program officer at the National Science Foundation, where she administered national grants programs, supervised evaluation and research contracts, and developed directorate and division-level evaluation policy.