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2010 Conference on Program Evaluation - Science, Technology, Trade

Science, Technology, Trade Track: Workshop Summaries and Presenter Information

1. Workshop Title: Case Study: Trade Capacity Building Since the Launch of Doha Negotiations: A Systematic Model for Monitoring and Evaluation
Organization: U.S. Agency for International Development
Summary: The panel presentation will draw lessons for domestic and international attendees in evaluating trade capacity building activities. Speakers will shows results from the U.S. government - the largest source worldwide for trade capacity building activities – for a meta-evaluation on its trade capacity building (TCB) activities since 2002. The speakers will share evaluation results, including recommendations for monitoring and evaluating activities systematically across agencies. The evaluation answers questions about project outcomes, project approaches, and how different combinations of approaches, modalities and other factors may have affected project success; and how monitoring and evaluation for such projects can be improved.
Proceedings: Session Transcript


Date: 04/14/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageBhavani Pathak
Bhavani Pathak is currently Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at USAID’s EGAT bureau where she has been involved in spurring and supporting monitoring and evaluation activities in a wide array of economic growth sectors. Bhavani started at the Agency as an AAAS Diplomacy Fellow in 2000 and worked in the Office of Agriculture and the Office of Environment and Science Policy on agricultural biotechnology issues. Prior to this appointment, she was with AAAS for two years working on science education issues. Bhavani holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in molecular biology, and obtained post-doctoral training at the Frederick Cancer Research and Development Center, Frederick, Maryland.

Date: 04/14/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageBrinton Bohling
Brinton Bohling is a senior advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Based in Washington, Mr. Bohling works with U.S. missions in the field to design programs to build partner’s capacity to trade internationally and attract foreign investment. Before joining USAID in 2004, Mr. Bohling worked at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on WTO trade and development-related issues. Mr. Bohling also served as an international economist for the U.S. Department of Commerce from 1998 until 2001, researching trends in global trade and commerce and coordinating industry participation in market access negotiations. Mr. Bohling began his career as a labor market economist in 1995 with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics tracking trends in U.S. employment and industry.

Date: 04/14/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageMolly Hageboeck
Molly Hageboeck, an evaluation specialist and staff member with Management Systems International (MSI) since 1990, with expertise in applied research and data collection, performance measurement, and institutional strengthening interventions, has been involved in public sector management and trade issues for more than 30 years. Ms. Hageboeck serves as MSI’s Team Leader and methodology specialist for numerous project evaluations, multi-country program evaluations, and meta-evaluation analyses. Ms. Hageboeck has also led MSI teams that provided technical assistance in strategic planning and performance measurement to various US federal agencies. Prior to working at MSI, MS. Hageboeck was Chief of Staff for USAID form 1987-1990 and prior to that she was Assistant to the US Trade Representatives from 1985-1987. Ms. Hageboeck is the author of several USAID publications and played a key role in the creation of USAID’s Center for Evaluation and Development Information (CDIE) and was Director of Evaluation at the Agency. She holds a MPA in Economic Development from Princeton University.

2. Workshop Title: Addressing Public Diplomacy Through International Scientific Collaboration Efforts
Organization: U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation
Summary: The presenter will share tools to measure international scientific collaboration and science diplomacy through the findings of an impact evaluation in Russia and Eurasian countries. The presentation will discuss the complex nature of evaluating science and technology programs in different socio-cultural contexts and of the evaluation methodologies and approaches applied to measure success. The presenter will highlight best practices on a case study basis featuring results at the professional, institutional, and knowledge environment levels. Through the case studies involved, participants will learn how to measure science and technology’s contribution to, among other outcomes, international collaborations, engagement of young scientists and former weapon scientists and contribution to U.S. foreign policy objectives by creating a friendlier environment for domestic economic activity and direct foreign investment.
Proceedings: Session Transcript


Date: 04/14/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageJohn Modzelewski
Mr. John Modzelewski is Director of Centers, Institution Building and Innovation (CIB&I) Programs at CRDF. Mr. Modzelewski joined CRDF at its establishment in 1995, and currently oversees programs that seek to apply successful institutional models and best practices to improve the way that higher education, science, and technology-led innovation are supported and carried out internationally. In higher education, he oversees programs that have established 26 university-based research and education centers and eight technology transfer offices in Russia and five other Eurasian countries. He played a significant role in organizing the 2004 Conference on Research Universities, which CRDF co-sponsored with the RF Ministry of Education and Science and the Russian Academy of Sciences and which provided the policy rationale for increased research funding to state supported universities in Russia. He is also responsible for selection and follow-on sustainability training for 21 shared-usage scientific equipment centers in Russia and seven other Eurasian countries. The Innovation Programs that he leads in Russia and five other Eurasian countries train scientists to communicate in the language of business and facilitate their entrée into local and international technology markets. He is the 2004 recipient of the CRDF CEO Performance Award.
       Prior to joining CRDF, Mr. Modzelewski was a Program Officer at the Office for Central Europe and Eurasia of the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences. He also served briefly as a Program Associate at the Central European Center for Health and the Environment in Berlin, Germany.
       Mr. Modzelewski holds an M.A. in International Affairs with a Soviet Concentration from Columbia University and a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University with a concentration on Russia and Eastern Europe.
He has studied Russian for more than five years including a summer academic program at the Department of Russian as a Foreign Language, St. Petersburg State University. He is proficient in Russian and has traveled extensively in Eurasia.

Date: 04/14/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageDr. Liudmila Mikhailova
Dr. Liudmila Mikhailova is Director of Evaluation at the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF). She obtained a Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in Educational Policy and Administration/Comparative and International Development Education and a minor in Evaluation Studies. Dr. Mikhailova worked for more than six years (1992-1998) in Public Affairs Section as PAO Assistant on Education and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. Embassy in Minsk, Belarus. 
       Liudmila has more than 15 years of managerial expertise gained from overseeing the U.S. Department of State-funded professional and academic exchange programs such as Fulbright, Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP), University Affiliation, International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), and American Specialists/Speakers.
       Dr. Mikhailova has more than fifteen years of research experience in the field of international education, professional exchanges and knowledge transfer. She was a Kennan Institute research fellow, Washington, DC, (2002); Open Society Institute (OSI) fellow, CEU, Budapest, Hungary (2000) and a visiting scholar of the U.S. Department of State Regional Scholar Exchange Program, University of Minnesota, MN (1996). As a consultant and an evaluator, Liudmila conducted evaluations of the U.S. Department of State Educational Partnership Programs (EPP) in Belarus and Kyrgyzstan and worked with a State Department team in Moscow, Russia to finalize an outcome assessment survey of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).
       Over the last seven years Dr. Mikhailova has been a trainer at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) and for the last three years she has been an adjunct professor at International Education Program (IEP) at George Washington University (GWU) where she teaches graduate courses on international program design and evaluation in international settings.

3. Workshop Title: Value of Program Evaluation: Case Studies (DOE/UW-Madison)
Organization: U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored University of Wisconsin at Madison
Summary: A University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher will present five Department of Energy (DOE)-sponsored case studies documenting the benefits that implementing recommendations from evaluation studies have provided to energy and environmental programs, both within and outside the agency. Case studies will touch upon program operational and efficiency improvements in such areas as renewable energy and ENERGY STAR programs.
Proceedings: Session Transcript


Date: 04/14/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageScott Williams
Scott Williams received his Master of Public Affairs degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2010, along with a certificate in Energy Analysis and Policy. Scott currently works for the UW Energy Institute on campus. He holds a B.A. in Journalism and History from UW-Madison and previously worked as a morning news show producer at NBC15 in Madison.

4. Workshop Title: Evaluation Processes That Facilitate Knowledge Transfer and Aid Transparency: Case Studies of DOL-Funded Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa
Organization: Bureau of International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor
Summary: The speaker will address how project evaluations can help generate and transfer knowledge to inform and improve future development projects. Speakers will share results from ten years of labor projects evaluation data in sub-Saharan Africa, and will discuss common trends and design flaws that could have been avoided increased communication. Findings from these studies form the basis for the Department of Labor's suggested evaluation framework, which they will discuss in a roundtable format.
Proceedings: Session Transcript


Date: 04/14/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageLili Marguerite Stern
Lili-Marguerite Stern is an International Relations Officer at ILAB. She provides technical assistance to improve working conditions, raise living standards, and promote dignified livelihoods in trading partner countries, primarily in Africa and the Middle East. She also contributes to the development, adoption, and implementation of evidence-based policies and programs to improve international employment, livelihoods, and worker rights.

Date: 04/14/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageMichael Branson
Michael Branson has worked at the Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs since September 2009 as a student contractor from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, where he is entering his second year in the Master of Public Policy program. At ILAB, he has worked on the TAATC Africa team helping to develop the bureau’s Africa strategy for FY2010. He earned his undergraduate degree in economics from Loyola Marymount University.


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