About the bloggers

Kim Firth Leonard

I am currently the Senior Evaluation Officer at The Oregon Community Foundation and the 2013 President for the Oregon Program Evaluators Network. I occasionally teach a Quantitative Analysis course for the online MBA program at Marylhurst University, and also do some consulting and project work ‘on the side’ via Leonard Research and Evaluation, LLC. I previously worked as the Director of Assessment with the Assessment Program at Marylhurst University, and before that as a Policy Analyst at Human Services Research Institute, primarily on multi-site program evaluations in child welfare. Before that I worked for an adoption agency, supporting families adopting internationally, and coordinating multi-state licensing and federal accreditation.Feb 2013 pro portrait 1

I completed undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Anthropology at Linfield College and a Master’s in Public Administration at Portland State University’s Hatfield School of Government. I was introduced to many ideas that sparked my interest in actionable data at both Linfield and PSU, though I’ll admit that it wasn’t until my second graduate level data and analysis course that I began to think I might be headed for a career that involved research and (gasp!) statistics.

I live in Portland, Oregon with my wonderful husband Scott and our very silly animals. Stories about how this stuff connects to life outside of work may occasionally find their way onto this blog. Consider yourself warned.

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I hope to have a regular contributors and other guest bloggers. There are so many folks, both locally and throughout the US that inspire me and are doing interesting things with regard to advocacy for good data collection and use, it’d be a shame not to try to share them and they’re wonderful ideas, if they’re willing. Watch for more information about them here as this blog grows.

Adrienne Zell is currently the evaluation manager at the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute at OHSU. She also serves as the volunteer Executive Director at Impactivism. She has over 20 years of experience in research and evaluation. Ms. Zell received her doctorate in Research Methodology from the University of Chicago. She began her career conducting education research in urban schools and completed her dissertation on the measurement of innovative teaching techniques.

Since 1994, she has been evaluating programs on behalf of a variety of organizations serving Oregonians, including programs in the fields of medical research support, early childhood, child welfare, substance abuse, youth transitions, food security,  and nutrition education. In addition to her skills in qualitative and mixed-method evaluation techniques, she uses photography and video in her work to visually enhance the presentation of results. After several years of working on state and federal projects, Dr. Zell founded Impactivism with the purpose of serving organizations who have a need for evaluation, but who may face barriers of cost or expertise.

Kelly Smith is an Economic Analyst with ECONorthwest in Portland, Oregon. She and I (Kim) met during graduate school and have stayed in touch through the Oregon Program Evaluators Network. Kelly has expertise in human services and social policy, and has worked on a number of interesting evaluation projects. In September of 2012 she demystified cost analysis at an OPEN workshop to rave reviews.

S. H. Aeschliman
is a writer, editor, educator, consultant and dog-mom in Portland, OR. She blogs about food, culture, travel and lifestyle and writes creative non-fiction, fiction and poetry. Her life goals include speaking seven languages fluently, understanding Freud’s theory on the fetish, being able to consistently make a perfect tortilla espanola and using writing as a vehicle for social change. To find out more, please visit her website: http://sioneaeschliman.blogspot.com

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