Faster Forward Fund Advisory Committee

The Faster Forward Fund Advisory Committee includes senior scholars and administrators who specialize in evaluation, including numerous former presidents and the current president of the American Evaluation Association.

This committee meets yearly in person at the American Evaluation Association convention in the fall of each year.


Michael Scriven, D.Phil., D.Ed.

3F Founder, Professor of Psychology & Co-Director,

Claremont Evaluation Center

Michael Scriven was born in England, grew up in Melbourne, Australia, took two degrees in mathematics/physics from the University of Melbourne, and was recently awarded a doctorate by his alma mater for lifetime achievements in educational research. He went from Melbourne to Oxford for a doctorate in philosophy, and has since produced about 460 publications in those three areas plus the history and philosophy of science, critical thinking, evaluation, jurisprudence, cosmology, computer science, and the area of his current appoint­ment, psychology, while serving on the faculty at Berkeley, Claremont, Harvard, and several other universities in the US, Australia, and New Zealand.

Liliana Rodríguez-Campos, Ph.D.

Professor and Director

Graduate Certificate in Evaluation, University of South Florida

Liliana Rodríguez-Campos is a professor and the director of the Graduate Certificate in Evaluation at the University of South Florida. She is nationally and internationally recognized for her collaborative approach to evaluation. Among other publications, Liliana is the author of the books Collaborative Evaluations Step-by-Step and Collaborative Evaluations in Practice. She has facilitated many training sessions and presented her work in more than 30 countries. She also serves as the program chair of the Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation Topical Interest Group at the American Evaluation Association and in the board of directors at the Evaluation Capacity Development Group. Liliana has been awarded with several honors and educational scholarships, including the American Evaluation Association’s Marcia Guttentag Award.

Allen Calvin, Ph.D.

President Emeritus,

Pacific Graduate School of Psychology,
Palo Alto University

Dr. Allen D. Calvin has served as President of Pacific Graduate School of Psychology since 1984.  He has devoted his life to the study, research and teaching of psychology.  He graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota and received a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Texas. He has served on the faculties of Michigan State University, Hollins College in Virginia, and the University of San Francisco, and was a consulting professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.

Dr. Calvin has served as a principal investigator on a number of grants from organizations such as the Carnegie Foundation, United States Public Health Service, National Science Foundation and Social Science Research Council. Dr. Calvin has written numerous papers, authored/edited six books and was a contributing editor to Educational Technology.

Thomaz Chianca, Ph.D.

Managing Partner,

COMEA Relevant Evaluations

Thomaz is an international evaluation consultant with more than fifteen years of experience in Brazil and in twenty-three other countries. His work encompasses several content areas including early childhood development and education, rural poverty reduction, decent work agenda, environmental protection, livestock care and management, children and adolescents’ rights, after-school initiatives, among others. He has a PhD in Interdisciplinary Evaluation from Western Michigan University (USA), a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA), and a Dental Surgeon degree from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).

Janet M. Clinton, Ph.D.


Centre for Program Evaluation, University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Janet Clinton is an evaluator, psychologist and educator with an extensive publication and evaluation record. She is particularly skilled in developing program theory, evaluation frameworks, and multi-site/topic program evaluations. Her primary areas of expertise include evaluation theory and methods, education and health evaluation and health psychology. She is currently the principal investigator for the evaluation of the Implementation of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and the Chief Investigator for a large trial of the Visible Classroom Program (UK). As well as a suite of research and education projects. Janet teaches several postgraduate papers and supervises a number of PhD students in evaluation across the sectors, she is also currently the co-editor of the Evaluation Journal of Australasia.

Lois-Ellen Datta


Datta Analysis

Lois-ellin Datta’s work is primarily in health, education, housing, and other human services. With experience in national, state, and local evaluations, she is a hands-on evaluator, with particular interest in practical approaches to evaluation in shoe-string situations. Another area of interest for her is where the evaluation may be primarily a mandate as a condition of funding, yet the organization needs to get its story out and to benefit as much as possible from the effort the evaluation requires. She is a former national director of evaluation for Head Start, former director of the National Institute of Education in teaching, learning, and assessment, and a former director of evaluation in the United States Government Accountability Office  in the human services area.

E. Jane Davidson, Ph.D.


Real Evaluation

Dr. Jane Davidson is an internationally recognized evaluation specialist, best known for developing evaluation rubrics as a methodology for drawing conclusions about quality and value. She has also made significant contributions in the areas of causal inference for qualitative and mixed methods, and in synthesis methodologies for evaluation.

Stewart Donaldson, Ph.D.

Dean, Professor & Director,

Claremont Evaluation Center

Stewart I. Donaldson is Dean, Professor, & Director of the Claremont Evaluation Center at Claremont Graduate University.  His numerous books, journal articles, and chapters span topics on evaluation theory & practice, program design and evaluation, positive organizational psychology, applied psychological science, and health promotion and disease prevention.  He has recently served on the Board of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), is Director of AEA’s Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) Program, is a fellow of the Western Psychological Association (WPA), on the Board of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), Co-Founder and Director of the Western Positive Psychology Association (WPPA), and was recently elected President of AEA (serving in 2015).  Professor Donaldson received early career achievement awards from WPA and AEA, and was the 2013 recipient of AEA’s Paul F. Lazarsfeld Theory Award for sustained lifetime written contributions toward advancing evaluation theory.

Chris S. Coryn, Ph.D.

Professor & Director,

Interdisciplinary Doctorate in Evaluation (IDPE), Western Michigan University

Executive Editor,

Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation (JMDE)

Dr. Coryn is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Doctorate in Evaluation (IDPE) program and a Professor in the Evaluation, Measurement, and Research (EMR) program in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Learning, Research, and Technology at Western Michigan University. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Indiana University in 2002 and a Masters in Social and Experimental Psychology in 2004, also from Indiana University. He earned his Ph.D. in Evaluation in 2007 from Western Michigan University.
He has been involved in and led numerous research studies and evaluations, funded by the Department of Justice (DOJ), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes for Health (NIH), and others, across several substantive domains, including research and evaluation in education, science and technology, health and medicine, community and international development, and social and human services. Since obtaining his first graduate degree in 2004, he has served as the Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator, or Methodologist for numerous research and evaluation grants and contracts totaling more than $5,000,000.
He has given numerous lectures, speeches, and workshops, both nationally and internationally.

Jody Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.

Retired Professor,

Center for Public Affairs, University of Colorado, Denver

Jody Fitzpatrick, is the author of Program Evaluation: Alternative Approaches and Practical Guidelines, a well-known evaluation textbook used around the world as well as other books and articles. She is a past president of the American Evaluation Association (2013) and recently retired (2014) from the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. Before becoming a University Professor, she worked as a practicing evaluator for seven years, evaluating progress in education and social services. She continued an active consulting practice evaluating programs and policies in substance abuse, information technology and women and children.

Charles Giuli, Ph.D.

Retired Professor
Charles Giuli is the former Director of Evaluation at Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL). His work in education and evaluation spanned 25 years at the Curriculum Research & Development Group at the University of Hawaii, the Kamehameha Schools, and PREL. At Kamehameha schools, Dr. Giuli studied training and dissemination for a nationally recognized program of reading instruction for children of Hawaiian ancestry. At PREL, Dr. Giuli conducted program evaluations for education and nonprofit organizations throughout the Pacific region. His professional experience includes planning, project management, fiscal management, budgeting, needs assessment, program monitoring, testing, measurement, and questionnaire design.

Gene Glass, Ph.D.

Emeritus Regents’ Professor,

Arizona State University

Research Professor,

University of Colorado Boulder


Gene V Glass (Ph.D. ’65 Univ. of Wisconsin) is a Regents’ Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University. He was twice (1968, 1970) honored with the Palmer O. Johnson award of the American Educational Research Association. In 1984, he received the Lazarsfeld Award of the American Evaluation Association. His work on meta-analysis of psychotherapy outcomes (with M.L. Smith) was named one of the Forty Studies that Changed Psychology (Hock, R. R., 1999). Recent contributions to education policy analysis include Fertilizers, Pills and Magnetic Strips (2008), and 50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools (2014) with D. C. Berliner & Associates.

John Hattie, Ph.D.


Melbourne Educational Research Institute, University of Melbourne

John Hattie is Director of the Melbourne Educational Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Chair of the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leaders, co-director of the Science of Learning Research Centre. His areas of interest are measurement models and their applications to educational problems, and models of teaching and learning. Previous appointments were in Auckland, North Carolina, Western Australia, and New England. He was chief moderator of the NZ Performance Based Research Fund, Past-President of the International Test Commission, associate editor of British Journal of Educational Psychology, and American Educational Research Journal, and is part-time cricket coach and umpire.  He has published and presented over 850 papers, and supervised 180 theses students.

Ernie House, M.S., Ed.D.
Professor Emeritus,

                  University of Colorado Boulder

Ernest R. House is a professor emeritus, University of Colorado at Boulder. Books include Evaluating with Validity (1980), Professional Evaluation (1993), Values in Evaluation and Social Research (with K. Howe, 1999), Regression to the Mean (an evaluation novel, 2007), and Evaluating: Values, Biases, and Practical Wisdom (2015). He is a recipient of the Lasswell Prize from the Policy Sciences journal for the best article in 1989 and the Lazarsfeld Award for evaluation theory in 1990. He was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford in 1999-2000.

Karen Kirkhart, Ph.D.


Syracuse University

Karen E. Kirkhart is professor of social work in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University and an affiliated faculty member of the Center for Culturally Responsive Assessment and Evaluation (CREA) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has been active in the evaluation profession for over thirty-five years and has been honored for both her service (Robert Ingle Award for Outstanding Services to the American Evaluation Association) and her contributions to theory (Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award for Outstanding Contribution to Evaluation Theory).  Her work centers on multicultural validity and on evaluation influence. Her most recent publication, coauthored with Joan LaFrance and Richard Nichols, is “Cultural views of validity: A conversation,” in S. Hood, R. K. Hopson, & H. Frierson (Eds.) (2015), Continuing the journey to reposition culture and cultural context in evaluation theory and practice.

Sandra Mathison, Ph.D.


               Education, University of British Columbia

Sandra Mathison is Professor of Education at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on educational evaluation, especially on the potential and limits of evaluation to support democratic ideals and promote justice in education. She has conducted national large- and small-scale evaluations of K-12, post-secondary, and informal educational programs and curricula; published articles in the leading evaluation journals; and edited and authored a number of books. She is editor of the Encyclopedia of Evaluation, co-editor (with E. Wayne Ross) of Defending Public Schools: The Nature and Limits of Standards Based Reform and Assessment and Battleground Schools. She is co-author (with Melissa Freeman) of Researching Children’s Experiences. She is co-editor of Critical Education and a member of the Institute for Critical Education Studies.

Nadini Persaud, Ph.D.

                                   Project Coordinator,

Master of Science Project Management and Evalua                   tion, The University of West Indies

Dr. Nadini Persaud is a Lecturer in Evaluation and Program Coordinator for the M.Sc. Project Management and Evaluation degree at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting (First Class Honours) (UWI), a Master of Science in Project Management and Evaluation (Distinction) (UWI), the Canadian Certified General Accountant professional designation (CGA) (Gold Award), and a Doctorate in Evaluation (Western Michigan University). Nadini is an active member of the American Evaluation Association. She has served as Program Chair of the Costs, Effectiveness, Benefits and Economic TIG since 2008 and on the Finance Advisory Board to AEA (Chair 2014, Member 2013, 2015).

Robert Picciotto

Adjunct Professor,

University of Auckland

Robert (‘Bob’) Picciotto, a board member of the International Evaluation Academy, is a former Director-General of the Independent Evaluation Group at the World Bank (1992-2002). Following his retirement, he taught evaluation at the International Development Institute, King’s College (London) until 2015. He is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique (France) and of the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs (Princeton University). Now a New Zealand resident, he is Adjunct Professor at the University of Auckland, and serves as Independent Evaluation Adviser to governments and international organizations.

Patricia Rogers, Ph.D.


Public Sector Evaluation,

Director, BetterEvaluation

 More than 25 years’ experience undertaking evaluations, conducting research into evaluation, providing consulting advice on evaluations and M& E Systems, and teaching evaluation courses and workshops. After postdoctoral research at Harvard University on interdisciplinary evaluation, she has worked in diverse sectors and a wide range of government and non-government organizations in many countries. As Director of BetterEvaluation, an international collaboration to improve evaluation practice and theory, she has a particular interest in supporting the generation and sharing knowledge about how to choose and use evaluation methods and processes to suit the particular situation.

James R. Sanders, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor,

Educational Studies, Western Michigan University

Dr. Sanders received bachelors and masters degrees from Bucknell University (1966,1968) and his doctorate from the University of Colorado (1970). He served in teaching and research capacities at Indiana University, the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Western Michigan University, and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation from 1970 until 2001 when he retired. During his career he co-authored popular college textbooks on educational evaluation and program evaluation. He served on the Board of Directors and as President of the American Evaluation Association, and as Chairman of the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation, He was named Distinguished Service Professor and served as Associate Director of the Internationally respected Evaluation Center while at Western Michigan University.

Thomas A. Schwandt, Ph.D.


   Department of Educational Psychology, University                          of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Schwandt’s scholarship focuses on the theory and practice of program evaluation with particular interests in evidence-based policy and practice, data-driven decision making, and evaluating the quality of evaluation research. His most recent books are Evaluation Foundations Revisited: Cultivating a Life of the Mind for Practice (forthcoming from Stanford University Press) and with K. Prewitt and M. Straf, Using Science as Evidence in Public Policy (National Academies Press, 2012). He is the 2002 recipient of the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award from the American Evaluation Association for contributions to evaluation theory; Fellow of the American Research Association; Editor Emeritus of the American Journal of Evaluation.

Gene Shackman, Ph.D.


               Global Social Change Research Project

Gene Shackman is the director of the Global Social Change Research Project, and the manager of the website “Free Resources For Program Evaluation and Social Research Methods”. Dr. Shackman recently contributed a chapter “Accreditation, Certification, Credentialing: Does It Help?” to the 2015 volume of New Directions for Evaluation. Dr. Shackman also wrote a set of beginner guides to program evaluation, available on his website, and has contributed to the AEA365 Tip-a-Day blog. He is an applied sociologist, and lives in Albany, NY.

Nick Smith, Ph.D.


                                        Syracuse University

 Nick L. Smith,  is a Professor in the School of Education at Syracuse University where he teaches graduate courses in methods of research and evaluation. His research interests include the theory and methods of applied social research and evaluation, including the nature of inquiry, research design, and research on evaluation. Nick is a former president of the American Evaluation Association and editor-in-chief of New Directions in Evaluation. He is author of numerous publications, including, Smith, N. L. & Brandon, P. R., (Eds.). Fundamental Issues in Evaluation. New York, NY: Guilford, 2008.

Robert Stake, Ph.D.


    Center for Instructional Research and Curriculum                        Evaluation, University of Illinois

 Robert Stake is director of the Center for Instructional Research and Curriculum Evaluation (CIRCE) at the University of Illinois. Since 1965, emphasizing qualitative methods, particularly case study, he has been a specialist in the evaluation of educational programs. Stake has authored Quieting Reform, a meta-evaluation of Charles Murray’s evaluation of Cities-in-Schools; five books on research methods, Standards-Based and Responsive Evaluation, Evaluating the Arts in Education, The Art of Case Study Research; Multicase research methods; and Qualitative Research: Studying How Things Work He received the Lazarsfeld Award from the American Evaluation Association and honorary doctorates from the University of Uppsala and the University of Valladolid. In 2007, from the American Educational Research Association, he received the President’s Citation for work in evaluation, qualitative methods, and studies of arts education. In 2011 he was awarded the Career Research Award by the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry.

Nan Wehipeihana, MA


Kinnect Group

 Nan Wehipeihana is an independent evaluation consultant with more than 25 years experience. Nan specializes in evaluation where Māori (Indigenous New Zealanders) are the primary focus or a key interest group. Nan’s evaluation practice is broad and includes strategic policy evaluation; program evaluation, evaluation capacity building and the mentoring of new and emerging evaluators. Nan is a current member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA) Board. In 2013, Nan (and colleagues) were the recipients of the Australasian Evaluation Society Best Evaluation Policy and Systems Award. Nan is based in Wellington, New Zealand.

Other Faster Forward Fund Proposal Reviewers:

Morris Lai, Emeritus, University of Hawaii, Oahu et al.