Principal Research Scientist, Education Development Center, Inc.
Leslie Goodyear, PhD, is a researcher and evaluator who has significant experience leading complex evaluations of national programs and systems, particularly government-funded programs. She has conducted program and project evaluations in both formal and informal educational settings that serve youth, with a recent focus on STEM educational programs and programs that aim to broaden participation in STEM. She is the associate editor of the American Journal of Evaluation, a past board member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), and former chair of the AEA Ethics Committee. She is also the lead editor of the book, Qualitative Inquiry in Evaluation: From Theory to Practice (2014).
District Director of Grants and Educational Services, Coast Community College District
Lara Smith works as the district director of grants and educational services at Coast Community College District. Smith is an experienced grants professional with a demonstrated history of working in higher education. She is skilled in federal, state, and private grant implementation and evaluation. A consulting professional with a bachelor of science focused on global business from Arizona State University, Smith is finishing a master of science in measurements and evaluation from American University.
Executive Director, The Evaluation Center, Western Michigan University
Lori has a Ph.D. in evaluation and more than 20 years of experience in the field of program evaluation. She is co-principal investigator of EvaluATE and leads a variety of evaluation projects at WMU focused on STEM education, health, and higher education initiatives. Dr. Wingate has led numerous webinars and workshops on evaluation in a variety of contexts, including CDC University and the American Evaluation Association Summer Evaluation Institute. She is an associate member of the graduate faculty at WMU.
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