- Amy Arbreton Evaluation Officer, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation


- Julia Coffman, Director, Center for Evaluation Innovation

“I have engaged David as a consultant to our policy program administration team at the Aspen Institute as part of our program review process. David worked with directors of three disparate Institute programs to understand their learning questions and develop thoughtful, sometimes individualized interview protocols. He interviewed Members of Congress, prominent legal scholars, fellow evaluators, and foundation program officers. His summary reports contributed to the internal review process and helped strengthen the programs' strategies and tactics. He is thorough, conscientious, and an easygoing partner in what can be challenging and potentially tense review processes.”

“We worked with David on an evaluation of a program to build bipartisan relationships and negotiation skills among senior staff on Capitol Hill. The evaluation was fast-tracked and on a deadline. David's high-level knowledge of the policy arena, excellent data collection and writing skills, and conscientiousness and professionalism ensured that the evaluation came in on time and delivered useful insights to the client. We look forward to working with David again.”

- David Devlin-Foltz,  Vice President, Impact Assessment, The Aspen Institute

David Shorr is a strategic thinker and seasoned advocate who enjoys helping organizations that work in federal, state, and local policy arenas. David's evaluation consulting practice draws on extensive experience shaping debate and decisions in settings from high-level diplomacy and presidential politics to local land-use. David has gauged the performance of Hewlett Foundation grantees working to improve bipartisan cooperation in Congress and served as outside evaluator for three Aspen Institute program reviews. Most recently he evaluated the TechCongress Innovation Fellowship and helped revamp the Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere program's internal evaluation systems  Together he and Kathleen Sullivan outlined their grantee-centered approach to evaluating policy change work in a blog post for Center for Effective Philanthropy. David served in senior roles with an array of leading philanthropies, think tanks, and advocacy groups: William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, Stanley Foundation, Human Rights First, Refugees International, Search for Common Ground, British American Security Information Council, Arms Control Association, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and NYPIRG. In his side gig as a local politician, David serves on city council and chairs a caucus of his state party.

"During his term as part-time consulting program officer for the Hewlett Foundation, David effectively commissioned and managed a summative evaluation of the Foundation’s Nuclear Security Initiative. David’s management and leadership on this effort were stellar, contributing to the use of, and learning from, the findings in myriad ways for multiple audiences."