​​As part of my consultancy to help the Hewlett Foundation wind down its Nuclear Security Initiative, I was responsible for commissioning a summative evaluation to gauge the impact of the $25M in grants the Initiative made over its seven-year lifespan. I chose the evaluation firm ORS Impact for the contract and was very impressed with the realism they brought to the assessment of policy change work and the way they clued into the lower-profile forms of progress that make the "big wins" possible—the underside of the proverbial icebergREAD MORE

ORS Impact / Schlangen & Coe

TechCongress and Public Interest Technology

​​TechCongress is a San Francisco-based initiative that recruits technology professionals to spend a year on Capitol Hill to help boost Congress’ ability to address critical technology policy issues. After selecting and placing the first three classes of Congressional Innovation Fellows—with steady growth in the size of each class—TechCongress Founding Director Travis Moore had questions he wanted to investigate through an evaluation. Mainly he wanted to know what are the keys for fellows to really contribute to the work of the offices hosting them. As TechCongress strives to show Members of Congress the value of technological expertise, naturally it wants to ensure fellows are as helpful to them as possible. Using an interview protocol I developed together with Travis, my evaluation was an in-depth look at the fellowship experience from the vantage of the fellows as well as the senior staff who supervised them  READ MORE

Evaluating the Hewlett Foundation's Nuclear Security Initiative

Andrew Goodman Foundation's Vote Everywhere Program

​​As a legacy of its namesake, the Andrew Goodman Foundation (AGF) is dedicated to "making young voices and votes a powerful force in democracy." The organization's flagship Vote Everywhere program works in close partnership with higher education institutions around the country to steadily increase student voter turnout. After five years of this collaboration, AGF wanted to revamp its internal systems for monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL). With all the great work Vote Everywhere campus teams do on behalf of voting rights, the MEL tools should match that work as closely as possible. READ MORE