About this Project
In 2014, wanting to do more applied work, I transitioned from academia to evaluation, beginning a position in the research department of the Oregon Community Foundation. While at OCF, I conducted evaluations of two of the foundation’s large-scale funding programs, the K-12 Student Success initiative, focusing on out-of-school time programs for underserved youth, and Studio to School, focusing on arts education in schools throughout the state.
At OCF, I applied the research skills I brought from my time in academia and learned new skills particular to evaluation. I especially developed skills working with key stakeholders, both organizations receiving funding as well as decision-makers within OCF who used findings from the research team. My work on the K-12 program, for instance, involved constant communication with non-profit organizations across the state, helped to shape its future direction by identifying program quality as a key metric of success.
While at OCF, I also worked on a widely-read report on Latinos in Oregon.More Info
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