Hi! I’m Kim Leonard, principal/founder of Leonard Research & Evaluation.
I’m a researcher, evaluator, facilitator, collaborator, and communicator with over 15 years of experience in program evaluation and improvement. I use equity-driven, human-centered program evaluation and related tools to strengthen teams, programs, and organizations and to positively impact the systems and conditions that should ensure equity and justice. For the last nine-plus years, I’ve had the fortune of doing this work within a large statewide community foundation, where I am part of an incredible Research & Learning team.
I have also spent the last decade building expertise in respondent-centered survey design in collaboration with Sheila B. Robinson. Together, we authored Designing Quality Survey Questions, published in 2018. Sheila and I regularly conduct workshops and provide consultation to organizations and researchers who want to gather more meaningful, useful information.
How I work
No matter the project, I:
- Begin with authentic relationship and trust building
- Strive to advance equity, honor multi-cultural ways of knowing, prioritize community-identified definitions and measures of success, and embrace complexity
- Focus on what is most useful to program participants and decision makers
- Plan realistically with respect for available resources, needs and assets
- Leave room for inevitable change and support adaptation
- Support use of learning and capacity building beyond delivery of evaluation tools or results themselves
I love to work collaboratively – with clients, program staff, partners, program participants and community members. Together we’ll determine your information needs, work to gather and make sense of the data needed, and share what we learn to cultivate genuine positive change.
More about me
I bring a range of experiences to this work. I am currently a Senior Research & Learning Officer at the Oregon Community Foundation where I’m responsible for designing, managing and conducting evaluations of Foundation programs and initiatives in collaboration with a range of community partners. I’ve previously held roles in program evaluation, higher education learning assessment, and organizational improvement. I have a Masters in Public Administration with a specialization in social work and social welfare policy, with an undergraduate education in Anthropology & Psychology.
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, but it wasn’t until my second graduate level data and analysis course that I began to think I might be headed for a career in research and evaluation.
I live in Milwaukie, Oregon on the ancestral lands of the Clackamas people, with my wonderful husband Scott, kindergartener and our very silly animals.