Thomas Archibald, PhD (Program Co-Chair) is an assistant professor and extension specialist in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education at Virginia Tech. His research and practice focus on program evaluation, evaluation capacity building (especially regarding the emergent notion of “evaluative thinking”), and research-practice integration, focusing specifically on contexts of Cooperative Extension and community education. He has facilitated numerous capacity building workshops around the United States and in sub-Saharan Africa. Archibald is a recipient of the 2013 Michael Scriven Dissertation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Evaluation Theory, Method, or Practice for his dissertation on the politics of evidence in the “evidence-based” education movement. In addition to being a Program Co-Chair of the OL-ECB TIG, he is a Board Member of the Eastern Evaluation Research Society. He received his PhD in Adult and Extension Education from Cornell University in 2013, where he was a graduate research assistant in the Cornell Office for Research on Evaluation under the direction of Bill Trochim. Previously, he was a Youth Development Program Manager with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County and an Environmental Education Volunteer with Peace Corps Gabon.
Joe Bauer, PhD (Leadership Team) I am currently the Director of Survey Research & Evaluation in the Statistics & Evaluation Center (SEC) at the National Corporate Office of the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, Georgia, where I have been for 10 years. Additionally, I am an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Our Department consults/collaborates with people from across the Society/Divisions, which includes a network of people that stretches across all 50 states. I have worked with colleagues on projects that were community-based interventions, patient-centered research, learning and curriculum design, global health, health promotions, cancer control (prevention, early detection, survivorship), behavioral research, quality-of-life, palliative care, access to care and health insurance, patient navigation, transportation, and more recently with Federally Qualified Health Centers in facilitating and optimizing Patient-Centered Medical Homes and Medical Neighborhoods. Our focus is on delivering valid, reliable, accurate, and timely information to stakeholders for evidence-based decision making, with the goal of improving programs and services for cancer patients (especially the medically underserved), their caregivers, and their families. Every day is fun and exciting, as there are always new and interesting problems to solve. I play soccer year round (outdoor and indoor).
Erin Bock, MPA (Program Co-Chair) works for The Sherwood Foundation as the Director of Research and Evaluation. At Sherwood, Erin finds ways to systematically use data and collaborative inquiry to support the foundation’s grantmaking efforts. Prior to working at The Sherwood Foundation, Erin was the Assistant Director at Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless (MACCH) where she helped to convene community stakeholders to end homelessness. Erin is passionate about systems change and using tools like evaluation and continuous improvement practices to improve the lives of Omaha’s most vulnerable citizens. Erin has a kickass husband, two intense little boys, and a dad who lives in her basement.
Sally Bond, MA (Chair) is president of The Program Evaluation Group, LLC (TPEG). Ms. Bond has been an independent contractor since 1999 and has more than 20 years of experience in program evaluation, program development, and education research. Her expertise includes evaluation design, quantitative and qualitative research methods, training and technical assistance, survey development, data analysis, and report writing. Since establishing TPEG, Ms. Bond has evaluated a wide range of educational and social programs that target teacher capacity building, elementary reading, social studies, minority participation in the sciences, early childhood education, and social marketing for responsible drinking. Prior to 1999, Ms. Bond's experience included developing programs related to the teaching profession, studying the implementation and impact of teacher professional development programs, and evaluating statewide school reform initiatives. Ms. Bond completed a B.A. in Social Relations at Lehigh University in 1982, and an M.A. in Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1988. She holds active memberships in a variety of professional organizations, including the American Evaluation Association, American Educational Research Association, American Sociological Association, and RTP Evaluators.
Jacqueline H. Singh, MPP, PhD (Leadership Team) is an Executive Evaluation & Program Design Advisor and Founder of Qualitative Advantage, LLC located in Indianapolis, IN. She received her PhD from The University of Pennsylvania in Higher Education and Masters in Public Policy (MPP) from Vanderbilt University. Her areas of expertise are in postsecondary education, workforce development, and nonprofits. Dr. Singh consults with faculty, higher education institutions, and non-profit organizations to build evaluation capacity and use evaluability assessment (EA). She is active in the American Evaluation Association, Indiana Evaluation Association, and the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management. Previously, Dr. Singh served as Director for the Office of Evaluation and Program Excellence (OEPE) at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) where she implemented systematic approaches that lead to quality programs and evidence-based decision-making.During her tenure at NCAA, she established OEPE and collaborated with senior level administrators, directors, program managers, and membership institutions to introduce evaluation.
Catherine Nameth, PhD (Webmaster) is the Director of Career & Community Programs at the American Language Center at UCLA Extension whose professional responsibilities include program design, implementation, and evaluation as well as writing evaluation plans for grants. Prior to her career in higher/continuing education administration, she taught English as a Second Language/English as a Foreign Language to adult learners in the United States and in other countries. She is also an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University.