Background & Experience

Kimberly Firth Leonard has a Masters in Public Administration with a specialization in social work and social welfare policy from Portland State University. Kim’s experience has included a number of roles and functions in program evaluation, assessment, research, and organizational improvement. Kim is also President-elect of the Oregon Program Evaluators Network.

Kim’s experience in greater detail…

Kim is currently the Senior Evaluation Officer at the Oregon Community Foundation. She is responsible for directing evaluations of several programs funded by OCF, collaborating with a range of grantee organizations.

Kim previously worked as Director of Assessment with the Assessment Program at Marylhurst University from August 2011 through November 2013. In this role Kim helped academic and organizational leaders plan for and conduct assessment of student and program learning outcomes, developing data collection tools and facilitating dissemination and analysis of results. She also managed a number of institutional data collection, analysis, and dissemination projects, including annual web-based survey of alumni, and regular web-based course evaluations.

Previous to Marylhurst, Kim worked at Human Services Research Institute, coordinating the evaluation of a multi-site child welfare program evaluation for Ohio’s Enhanced Kinship Navigator project and collaborating with a small research team to execute another large multi-year child welfare program evaluation. Work for both projects included collecting, managing, cleaning, and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data collected from a number of county child welfare agencies for multiple child welfare intervention; including via telephone and in-person interviews, case record reviews, web-based surveys, and data entry in excel and SPSS. Tasks also included logistics management, presentations, and facilitation of group discussion for conferences on evaluation and program planning for program managers and staff. In addition, she gained experience writing and editing report drafts, research proposals, articles for submission to academic journals, and other written materials as requested by various research stakeholders.

Prior to working at HSRI, Kim worked at a non-profit adoption agency, where she led the successful federal accreditation effort as required via US implementation of The Hague Convention. She also led the agency to gain licensure in Montana and Alaska and coordinated licensure renewals regularly in Montana, Alaska, Oregon, and Washington. This work included writing and revising agency policy and procedures manuals; cooperation with and training of Board of Directors and all agency staff; and otherwise ensuring agency compliance with requirements.

Even more on Kim’s LinkedIn profile.

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