Programs Track: Workshop Summaries and Presenter Information
1. Workshop Title: US Speaker & Specialists Program Evaluation
Organization: Evaluation and Measurement Unit, Office of Policy, Planning, and Resources, Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Summary: The session will share lessons from a formative evaluation of a public diplomacy program evaluation using interview, focus group, and survey data from multiple audiences within the selected countries. The evaluation includes a needs assessment that identifies the program - the Speakers program in its ‘as-is’ state, its desired ‘to be’ state, and any gaps that exist at the post and bureau level. Speakers will share innovative data collection techniques and analytical procedures, including social network analysis. The evaluation will assess whether the program is meeting its core objectives, and shows a method of connecting to federal government performance measures through using the five Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Performance Assessment Rating Tool (PART) Public Diplomacy performance measures.
Proceedings: Session Transcript
Dr. Brewer oversees multiple global projects that assess the Department’s Public Diplomacy efforts to engage foreign publics and advance the national security strategy of the United States. She is a project lead for the U.S. Speaker and Specialists Program Evaluation. Prior to leading the Speaker Evaluation, she served as a project lead for the Public Diplomacy Impact Project, a Performance Assessment of the impact of aggregate Public Diplomacy efforts across the world, and traveled to four countries for core-data collection in 2009 including South Africa, the Palestinian Territories, Turkey, and Morocco. Dr. Brewer serves as the State Gender Liaison for Working Group 1 for the Quadrennial, Diplomacy and Development Review. Prior to her work at the State Department, Dr. Brewer was the Associate Director of the Women & Politics Institute, where she served as graduate advisor for students in the Women, Policy and Political Leadership Certificate Programs and directed WeLEAD, a political leadership training for young women interested in careers in politics. During her tenure at American University, Dr. Brewer served as a U.S. Speaker and traveled to South Korea, Kuwait, Chili and Peru to give lectures on women’s leadership. Dr. Brewer received her Ph.D. in political science from American University in 2003.
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.
2. Workshop Title: Experience Conducting Evaluation Assessments of Anti-Trafficking Programs
Organization: Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of State
Summary: This panel will examine trafficking in persons evaluability assessment projects, highlighting how they can improve evaluation in this area and implications for future anti-human trafficking programming. The panel presentations and discussions will enhance audience awareness and understanding of evaluability assessment importance to effective anti-human trafficking evaluation; program evaluation's potential to impact the fight against trafficking in persons; and promising prevention, prosecution, and protection trafficking in persons strategies.
Proceedings: Session Transcript
Dr. Jane Nady Sigmon
Jane Nady Sigmon, Ph.D., serves as Senior Coordinator for International Programs in the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. She is responsible for managing grant programs to combat trafficking in persons (TIP) worldwide. She joined the State Department in June 2000 as the agency’s first victim assistance specialist in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Office of Overseas Citizens Services. Previously she served as director of research at the American Prosecutors Research Institute and conducted criminal justice research and evaluation: The Tennessee Prosecutors' Caseload Study; The Evaluation of the Pima County (AZ) Attorney's Truancy Program; Successful Adjudication Partnerships; and The Victim/Witness Assistance Guide for Prosecutors. As Director of VALOR, the Victims' Assistance Legal Organization, Dr. Sigmon established the National Victim Assistance Academy and co-authored the Academy Text and the DOJ publication, The Coordinated Interagency Approach to Restitution. She is the former director of the Office for Victims of Crime in the US Department of Justice and former Associate Commissioner of the US Children's Bureau. She also has 10 years experience working with children and families in public health and school settings as a school psychologist and specialist in learning disorders.
William Adams is a Senior Research Associate at the Urban Institute (UI) in Washington, D.C. His research focuses on federal criminal justice issues and the study of human trafficking. He is the Principal Investigator for UI on several human trafficking research projects, including the BJS-sponsored Human Trafficking Reporting System (HTRS), a NIJ study examining challenges in investigating and prosecuting human trafficking on a local level in the U.S., and an OJJDP study of the federal prosecution of the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the U.S. He has attended and presented at the U.S. DOJ’s annual National Human Trafficking Conference for the past two years and was an invited participant to the 2007 White House Compassion in Action Roundtable on Human Trafficking.
Dr. Rabinovich is a research psychologist and Senior Study Director with more than 25 years of experience managing and conducting major research projects. She has directed major Federal contracts and grants. Dr. Rabinovich is an expert in program evaluation, survey research, and observational research in naturally occurring environment. She has expertise in the use of quasi-experimental techniques in field settings, the development of in-depth interview formats, focus group methodology, and the application and interpretation of multivariate statistics.
Meredith Dank, Ph.D. is a Research Associate at The Urban Institute (UI) in Washington, DC. At UI, she conducts research on domestic and international human trafficking. Dr. Dank was the project manager on a study that looked at the prevalence and characteristics of the CSEC population in New York City. She has written a book on the commercial sexual exploitation of children in New York City (forthcoming).
Colleen Owens is a Research Associate at the Urban Institute (UI) where she manages research projects on national and international trafficking in persons. She is the Project Manager for the National Human Trafficking Reporting System (HTRS) and for a NIJ-funded study examining challenges in the investigation and prosecution of trafficking in persons cases on a local level in the U.S. She was the Project Director for a study conducting a systematic review of existing estimates of victims of severe forms of trafficking in the U.S. She also assisted with an OJJDP research project examining changes in federally prosecuted cases of the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the United States. She was an invited participant to the 2007 White House Compassion in Action Roundtable on Human Trafficking and has been invited to speak about human trafficking before various national and international audiences.