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2010 Conference on Program Evaluation - Democracy and Governance

Democracy and Governance Track: Workshop Summaries and Presenter Information

1. Workshop Title: Mega-Communities: Exploring a New Paradigm for Diplomacy and Development Evaluation
Organization: Booz Allen Hamilton
Summary: Booz Allen Hamilton will discuss the firm’s Mega-communities concept: managing stakeholders’ tensions and common interests around global issues to implement tri-sector - public sector, private sector and civil society - solutions. In a roundtable format, panel members will discuss how governments can use the Mega-communities concept to mobilize around shared issues while maintaining each sector’s unique priorities. The presentation will discuss including evaluation practices in this approach to understand progress towards global level impact.
Proceedings: Session Transcript


Date: 04/26/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageDon Pressley
A Booz Allen Hamilton Senior Vice President, Don Pressley is also the principal manager and strategist for the firm’s diplomacy and international development business. He leads foreign affairs staff and projects in all regions of the developing world to provide services to emerging market economies in such matters as government transformation, economic performance, citizen services, and humanitarian support. Mr. Pressley’s primary focus is on ways to enhance the synergy of new technologies and methodologies to help developing nations improve and expand their capacities to become productive parts of the global society and economy. Before joining Booz Allen in 2001, Mr. Pressley was a Senior Foreign Service officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development. His career included assignments as Mission Director in Poland, Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia, and acting Administrator. His responsibilities included close interaction with the Department of State, National Security Council, and U.S. Congress in developing and implementing foreign assistance policies and programs. He was also the key architect of the design of the programs of assistance to Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia. He developed the strategic framework governing all strategies for the 27 regional countries, and led the creation of the Europe and Eurasia Bureau’s development strategy, including the design of the Enterprise Funds that invest in private business across the region. Mr. Pressley’s substantial experience and his expertise in the development of country strategies serve him well in his efforts to design, manage, and carry out strategic plans that promote the economic and social well-being of transitional countries. Mr. Pressley has broadened his consulting experience by serving on the board of the Society for International Development, serving on the board of the Business Civic Leadership Center, advisor to the World Bank Evaluation Department and teaching at the MSFS program of Georgetown University. Mr. Pressley has a J.D. from Georgetown University and a B.A. from the University of South Carolina.

Date: 04/26/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageReggie Van Lee
Mr. Van Lee is a Senior Vice President in the McLean, Virginia office of Booz Allen Hamilton where he leads the firm’s organization and change capabilities in Global Health Public Sector agencies and leads the Not-For-Profit business. His expertise lies in how global organizations can build capabilities to make them resilient to any potential shocks to mission accomplishment and growth. He has worked extensively with private sector, public sector and NGO sector clients in the area of strategic transformation and high performance organizational design. His experiences range from helping health organizations transform to better achieve their mission and goals to co-leading the Urban Enterprise Initiative with the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation in New York City, focused on driving enhanced competitiveness for small businesses in Harlem to driving growth and mission accomplishment in not-for-profit organizations like Habitat for Humanity, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the American Cancer Society and numerous foundations. He has co-authored articles on the topic of strategy implementation and developed an innovative and integrated "tool kit" for management with techniques designed to help leaders realize new strategies and institutionalize existing strategies. He has been published in The Journal of Business Strategy and Business Horizons. Mr. Van Lee has also appeared numerous times on ABC's "World News This Morning" television program and CNBC. Mr. Van Lee is the recipient of the 2008 Black Engineer of the year Award (BEYA). Mr. Van Lee holds BS and MS degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also earned an MBA at the Harvard Business School. Mr. Van Lee is a member and supporter of many organizations and activities outside of Booz Allen Hamilton. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, the Board of Directors of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund; the Abyssinian Development Corporation; MIT’s National Selection Committee; co-chair of the New York International Ballet Competition, and the New York City Center for Charter School Excellence; chair of the Board of the EVIDENCE Dance Company; a Trustee and Treasurer of the Studio Museum in Harlem; sits on the Corporate Advisory Board at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business. Mr. Van Lee was named one of the top 25 consultants in the world in "Consulting Magazine" in 2000 and recognized as one of New York’s Finest Philanthropists in 2002. In 2004, Mr. Van Lee received from New York University their C. Walter Nichols award for outstanding community service as well as the prestigious Spirit of Cabrini award by the Cabrini Mission Foundation. In 2005 Mr. Van Lee was awarded the Joseph Papp Racial Harmony Award from the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and in 2006 he was awarded the Black Engineer of the Year “Pioneer” Award.

Date: 04/14/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageJason Kemp
Mr. Kemp has extensive experience in strategy consulting and international affairs, including international work on behalf of governments, corporations and multilateral/donor organizations located in, or operating within, The United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Croatia, Albania, Serbia, Romania, Morocco, The United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Mexico. During his career at Booz Allen Hamilton, Mr. Kemp has led and supported several program evaluations for U.S. government clients that focused on the U.S. diplomacy, international development and foreign policy. Mr. Kemp has also led multiple engagements for clients in the United States and Europe in support of change management, strategic communications, survey research and economic competitiveness initiatives. Currently, Jason serves as the Booz Allen project manager for the Department of State U.S. Speaker and Specialists Program Evaluation and is supporting efforts at Booz Allen focused on strategy and change management initiatives within the Department of State and USAID; in addition to nation branding, reputation management and economic development support to emerging market economies in Eastern Europe, The Middle East and North Africa.

Date: 04/26/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageGrant McLaughlin
Grant McLaughlin is a Principal with Booz Allen Hamilton’s Organization and Change Team and he has more than fifteen years of experience in the areas of strategic communications, change management/change communications, marketing, public education and stakeholder outreach, participatory decision-making, strategic management analysis, and implementation. His most recent experiences have centered on assisting U.S. government organizations move through change as a result of a transformation, modernization or implementation of a new service offering. He has extensive experience in establishing, fostering and maintaining partnering relationships among stakeholders with state, local and Federal agencies.
       Mr. McLaughlin holds a Bachelor of Art degree in Communications from Bethany College, a Master of Art degree in Political Management from The George Washington University. In addition he has earned a certificate in public participation from the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2), a certificate in environmental management and sustainability from The George Washington University, and certificates in measurement and evaluation and organizational development from Georgetown University.

2. Workshop Title: Evaluating Good Governance and Rule of Law Programs
Organization: Millennium Challenge Corporation
Summary: The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) will share its lessons learned about rigorous methods applied to threshold programs focused on rule of law and good governance reforms in Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia. Speakers will discuss methods used and evidence gleaned from three ongoing and completed threshold program evaluations, including two that have confronted challenges in integrating rigorous methods.
Proceedings: Session Transcript


Date: 04/26/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageSophia Sahaf
Sophia Sahaf, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for provides technical and analytical support on M&E of threshold programs. This includes advising countries on M&E during proposal development, honing M&E systems of threshold programs, and designing and managing evaluations. Prior to joining MCC, Ms. Sahaf worked in policy and institutional reform, promoting whistleblower rights in international organizations and assisting political parties with organizational development, messaging and voter outreach. She also lived in Nepal where she analyzed survey data on unregistered refugees. Ms. Sahaf received a MALD from Tufts University’s Fletcher School. Ms. Sahaf has spent time in Chile, Ecuador, and Nepal. She speaks Spanish and Kashmiri.

Date: 04/26/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageJack Molyneaux
Jack Molyneaux is director of Impact Evaluation at MCC. He is responsible for leading MCC’s impact evaluation practice group, and works closely with MCC’s M&E team to oversee the evaluation of MCC’s Compacts and Threshold projects. Jack worked previously with the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Project, where he designed and coordinated multi-country, large-scale sanitation and hygiene impact evaluations. Prior to that he worked with the RAND Corporation over a period of about 15 years, principally evaluating population, health and poverty programs in Indonesia. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has published numerous papers resulting from his evaluation work.

3. Workshop Title: Improving Democracy and Governance Programs Through Better Evaluation: The Impact evaluation of USAID’s Mérida Initiative in Central America
Organization: U.S. Agency for International Development
Summary: USAID’s Merida Initiative programming in Central America is a direct result of the agency’s emphasis on developing new methodologies for measuring effectiveness and on working with practitioners to use evaluation to improve democracy and governance programs worldwide. As the lead USG agency for Merida’s crime prevention programming in Central America, USAID and its partner Vanderbilt University will discuss the process of developing the research design for the Merida impact evaluation.
Proceedings: Session Transcript


Date: 05/11/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageMark Billera
Mark Billera joined USAID's Office of Democracy and Governance in 2005 to work in the Strategic Planning and Research Division. He is the Regional Coordinator for Africa and a contributor to EDGE—a set of research initiatives to evaluate the effectiveness of USAID democracy assistance. He previously worked and conducted research in Cameroon. Mark has an A.B. in political science and economics from Duke University. He has an M.A. and is finishing his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Date: 05/06/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageAbby Cordova
Abby Córdova is a post-doctoral fellow with the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) and the Political Science Department at Vanderbilt University. She received her Ph.D. in political science from Vanderbilt University. Abby is currently directing Vanderbilt’s impact evaluation study of USAID's Mérida Initiative community-based crime prevention programs in Central America.

Date: 04/30/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageEric Kite
Eric Kite is USAID's Democracy Team Leader for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). He started as a PMF in 1998, serving first as anti-corruption advisor, then LAC strategies coordinator in the Democracy & Governance Office. In 2006 he led USAID's Democracy Office in Afghanistan. He has degrees in political science and German from the University of Missouri, a Fulbright from Bonn University, and an M.A. with emphasis in democratic transitions from Georgetown.

4. Workshop Title: Best Practices for Evaluating State Department Assistance Programs Overseas
Organization: Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, U.S. Department of State
Summary: A panel of Department of State Bureaus will highlight evaluation best practices and challenges among bureaus that manage overseas assistance funds. Each panelist will highlight key challenges in evaluating assistance programs overseas, and focus on a best practice or strategy that the Bureau has devised to meet these challenges. The panelists may also highlight some key challenges that remain and solicit advice/ lessons learned from other panelists and the audience. Through presentation and interaction with the audience the panel will end with steps for moving forward and suggestions for future evaluation practice.
Proceedings: Session Transcript


Date: 04/30/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageFruzsina Csaszar
Fruzsina Csaszar works on M&E, training, and policy issues in the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM). She has participated in PRM monitoring missions in Sri Lanka, S. Sudan, and the Horn of Africa. Ms. Csaszar helps manage two FSI-accredited courses for the PRM Bureau: a week-long workshop on PRM’s monitoring an evaluation policy and practice and a series throughout the year on monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian assistance.

Date: 04/14/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageKaren Chen
Karen Chen is a Program Evaluation Specialist in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. Karen has been working with DRL's Programming Unit to develop a performance evaluation strategy, which includes formulating useful performance indicators for programs funded by DRL and improved reporting of indicator information by grant partners. She started in DRL as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow and was previously DRL's Bureau Planning Officer. Karen has a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Date: 04/14/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageEmily Bruno
Emily Bruno is a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer in the Office of Policy and Resource Planning, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. At PRM, Emily develops and implements PRM’s monitoring and evaluation policy and practice by training PRM staff in two FSI-certified courses, providing technical assistance to individual officers, and recommending improvements to the Bureau’s performance management practices. Prior to joining PRM, Emily conducted in-depth open source analysis of humanitarian issues in Africa while at the Department of State’s Humanitarian Information Unit. She began her tenure at State as a Presidential Management Fellow. Previously, she has worked on gender-based violence programming and has conducted primary qualitative research in West Africa. She holds an M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, where she studied humanitarian assistance, forced migration, and human security, and where she participated in the Inter-University Initiative on Humanitarian Studies.


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