2019 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jean King
Jean King is Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota where she has served as Director of the Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI) for over 20 years. A long-time writer on participatory evaluation, she is the author of several books and numerous articles and chapters. Her most recent book, Interactive Evaluation Practice (with Laurie Stevahn), was published in 2013. As a Board member of the American Evaluation Association, she chaired the Competencies Task Force that developed AEA’s Program Evaluator Competencies, which the Board approved in May, 2018. Professor King has received several awards for her work, including the Myrdal Award for Evaluation Practice and the Ingle Award for Extraordinary Service from the American Evaluation Association, three teaching awards, and three community service awards. Her proudest achievement is having supervised over 100 U of M doctoral students to completion.
Kien S. Lee, Ph.D., Principal Associate & Vice President, Community Science, has expertise in research and evaluation services in the areas of equity, inclusion, and cultural competency, as they pertain to issues such as health disparities, immigrant integration, food security, civic participation, leadership development, and community and systems change. She currently provides strategic and technical direction for the evaluation of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s place-based work in Mississippi and New Orleans, The Colorado Trust’s Community Partnerships for Health Equity initiative, the Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative led by UnidosUS, Connecticut Health Foundation’s goal to impact health equity, Bush Foundation’s Change Network Program, and numerous other initiatives related to racial equity and social justice. She worked closely with the Government Alliance on Race and Equity to evaluate and support its effort to help five city governments apply a racial equity lens, an initiative funded by Living Cities. Kien also has extensive experience building the capacity of community-based organizations to be better consumers of data and evaluation. She led the development of Kellogg’s evaluation handbook, The step-by-Step Guide to Evaluation, and she authored What Do the Numbers and Text Really Mean?, a guide funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health about how to access and use data to end health disparities and strengthen community, and used to train staff of over 200 community organizations across the country. She authored The Role of Culture in Evaluation and its sequel, The Journey Continues: Ensuring a Cross-Culturally Competent Evaluation — published by The Colorado Trust to help evaluators and evaluation consumers ensure culturally responsive evaluations. She is recipient of the 2013 award for Distinguished Contributions to Practice in Community Psychology.
Dr. Frances Carter-Johnson is the Data Scientist in the Human Resources Division of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Education and Human Resources Directorate. In this role, she is responsible for assessing outcomes, impacts and portfolios of broadening participation programs and contributing to the body of knowledge about participation and advancement of groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM. Prior to NSF, Frances served as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health. Before her federal experience, she applied her evaluation and analytical methods doctoral training to large-scale grant evaluations as a STEM Research Associate with Westat and to university-level educational research as a Postdoctoral Associate in MIT's Teaching and Learning Laboratory. Dr. Carter-Johnson's evaluative research focuses on investigating socio-cognitive factors as well as programmatic and policy outcomes to increase understanding of and improve efficiency within the nation's technical workforce. In her spare time, Frances is an educational and career excellence coach and loves to exercise. She is married to Dr. Louis M. Johnson and they are the parents of two sons and a daughter.
Stephen Porter is currently the Director for the Learning, Effectiveness and Accountability Department at Oxfam America. Stephen has a range of experience in development practice, including academic, donor and experience applying a rights-based approach to evaluation. Previously, Stephen was Evaluation Advisor for Market Development at the UK Department for International Development. He has also served as a monitoring, evaluation and learning advisor for the Regional AIDS Initiative of Southern Africa, and the African Medical and Research Foundation. In 2010 Stephen assumed the role of Lecturer in Monitoring and Evaluation and Director of the Center for Learning on Evaluation and Results for Anglophone Africa at the University of Witwatersrand. He holds an MPhil in Public Policy from the University of Cape Town. He has undertaken PhD research on a rights-based approach to development evaluation at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Stephen has had a number of journal and book chapters published on the topic of evaluation systems development. Stephen has worked in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Ghana and Benin, as well as advising on evaluation activities in a number of other countries.
Dr. Mary Hyde is a community psychologist with a 20-year track record of using empirical evidence and scientific inquiry to improve outcomes for programs, organizations, and communities. Dr. Hyde is the Director of the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Office of Research and Evaluation. In this role, Dr. Hyde is responsible for an ambitious research and evaluation agenda capable of comprehensively addressing the agency’s mission and illuminating its most effective policies, programs, and practices. Prior to joining CNCS, Dr. Hyde was a Principal with ICF International and responsible for a portfolio of projects related to strengthening families and communities. All of these projects focused on providing technical assistance solutions and services to faith-based and community organizations funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to joining ICF, Dr. Hyde developed her unique skill set by directing and managing both national and local program evaluations. The primary focus of Dr. Hyde’s evaluation practice has been community- and school-based programs designed to prevent delinquency and school drop-out and promote social and academic success among urban youth. Dr. Hyde has also conducted research in the areas of welfare-reform policy. Dr. Hyde co-directed a research project funded by the Department of Health and Human Services designed to evaluate the implementation and impact of welfare reform policy (TANF) in Maryland. Dr. Hyde also directed the design and administration of a statewide telephone survey of former welfare recipients. Former recipients were asked about employment and stability. Finally, Dr. Hyde facilitated a community-driven research process that resulted in the identification of Neighborhood Action and Sense of Community indicators which are part of the larger community indicators project, Vital Signs.