Kat is a senior member of the Innovation Network team and provides leadership and support to many of Innovation Network’s consulting and internal projects. Her engagements range from designing and conducting evaluations of funder initiatives, to evaluation capacity building with foundations and nonprofits, to strategic advising based on evaluative data. Much of her work centers on evaluating advocacy efforts and advocacy fields, using a variety of evaluation methods, theories, and frameworks to support her work. She is particularly interested in intellectually challenging projects that result in useful and usable products for clients. Kat contributed to Innovation Network’s coalition assessment tool, and often uses new and different methods to evaluate collaborations and networks.
Kat often works with clients focused on health and health policy, though she also works in issue areas as diverse as immigration reform, poverty reduction, housing reform, and environmental sustainability.
Kat’s experience with microfinance impact assessment in Tanzania and her training in SROI while building a bamboo bicycle factory business plan in Kenya seeded her initial interest in the broad field of evaluation; over time, this interest grew into a full-blown belief in the power of evaluation to help effect social change. She is particularly attracted to mixing qualitative and quantitative methodologies in evaluation, as well as in creating feedback loops to deliver evaluation information to stakeholders in real time to promote learning. Data visualization and information management are other interests of Kat’s, and she has been able to explore each in developing and refining dashboards, databases, and websites for clients and internally.
Before coming to Innovation Network, Kat was a member of the impact assessment unit at the Ford Foundation, where she provided support to their evaluation and continuous learning programs. Kat received her BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College, in Swarthmore, PA, and a Master of International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where she focused on international economic development. When she isn’t at the office, you will most likely find Kat bicycling around DC or evaluating tasty new concoctions in her kitchen which she then plies on her colleagues. Ever the evaluator, she acknowledges the subjectivity involved in taste and tries to build her sample size of willing victims to be representative, but not quite random.