Imagine what’s possible.
Focus on what matters.
Amplify your impact.
Hi, I’m Kim!
Founder/Principal of Leonard Research & Evaluation
I help leaders ask better questions and find the answers they need to move toward an equitable future.
Leonard Research & Evaluation partners with foundations, nonprofits and consultants to gather and make sense of data so that you can understand your impact and celebrate your progress.
What I do
Through equity-driven, human-centered program evaluation we can better understand what is working and what isn’t and find better ways forward. My work is grounded in the Equitable Evaluation Framework (TM), using evaluation to advance equity, honor how we got here and be inclusive of multiple ways of knowing and thinking.
Let’s start by building trusting relationships that allow us to understand programs and the people they serve. Together we can focus on what’s possible, creating lasting learning and improvements, and tell more holistic, honest stories about how change happens.
I am not a neutral party — I’m your thought partner and advocate. I want programs like yours to succeed in improving the systems and conditions in which we live and work. I want to celebrate your progress and success, big and small. I will also ask hard questions and set high expectations because people deserve programs and systems that help them thrive.
Surveys are still one of the most commonly used tools for plenty of good reasons, including that they allow us to hear from a lot of people over a relatively short period of time.
But doing surveys well requires great care, especially when we truly want to respect the time, energy and expertise of the people we hope will respond. And in the face of growing digital and survey fatigue. Fortunately, I wrote the book on respondent-centered survey design!
Through customized survey design, training and coaching, I build and help others build surveys that meet important information needs while making sure respondents feel heard and understood.
Let’s make surveys feel more like conversations than questionnaires, and gain more trustworthy, useful information as a result.
Who I am and how I work
I’m a researcher, evaluator, facilitator, collaborator, and communicator with over 15 years of experience in program evaluation and improvement, most recently within philanthropy. I am incredibly fortunate to be a practitioner and champion of the Equitable Evaluation Framework (TM).
I’m also a mother, daughter, wife, dog and cat parent, gardener, knitter, lover of arts and artists and bad reality TV (balance is good, right?).
I start with curiosity and work to get to know the people and context of a project or program. I act as a facilitator of learning and a promoter of equity and justice. I’m passionate about helping people thrive and empathetic to a fault, if that is possible.
I work collaboratively to build shared ownership of what we learn.
My aim is to minimize burden and build power (which is not finite). I want people to feel and be seen, heard, understood and trusted so that our collective expertise leads to better decisions and more humane programs and systems.
I want research and evaluation activities to be rewarding experiences for everyone involved. I believe evaluators have to work thoughtfully to minimize and repair harm whenever possible. And that that this work can also be joyful and engaging, and that creating space for connection is vital to making our communities just and equitable.
I know this can lead us to more meaningful, valid, and useful data and enable more intentional use of that data.
Authenticity – Being human is messy – let’s embrace it.
Community, not competition – I believe that resources are plentiful and that we can do more together than alone.
Creativity & adaptability – Creative thinking is necessary. I assume things will evolve and change.
Learning & curiosity – Learning and curiosity are core to my practice, and I love when questions result in more questions.
Future-facing – I want to focus on what is possible, and spend more of my time imagining our way to a better future.
These values help me contribute to an equitable, just world. The pursuit of equity and justice are my why — the reason I do this work and in the way that I do it.