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Natalia is an Associate with Innovation Network and contributes to our work with a variety of partners, including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, and other evaluation and research projects. She brings with her almost 20 years of experience working with a variety of nonprofits in the US and internationally. Her overall service to the nonprofit sector has encompassed a broad range of roles and activities and has contributed to her passion for evaluation and assessing nonprofit impact. Natalia has a strong inclination towards utilization-focused and participatory approaches in evaluation. She values evaluations that are designed and conducted for the purposes of learning and increasing program effectiveness.

Natalia is an advocate of mixed methods evaluation, and has conducted surveys, focus groups, and interviews with a variety of program stakeholders. Over the years, she has been involved in multiple evaluation projects in the areas of social services, education, and public health. Natalia’s responsibilities have included design, data collection, analysis, and developing recommendations to increase program and organizational effectiveness.

Prior to her most recent evaluation-focused experiences, Natalia served as a Consultant for Nonprofit Services at Olszak Management Consulting, Program Officer at the Open Society Institute, Executive Director at InterTraining, and Program Manager at the Siberian Civic Initiatives Support Center.

Natalia received a Master’s of Public Administration with a specialization in nonprofit management and international development from the University of Pittsburgh, and completed doctoral coursework in public administration and policy at Virginia Tech.

Featured Work

In her previous roles as a Senior Research Associate at HPW Associates, and as an independent evaluator/data analyst, she was involved in a number of projects, including:

  • Evaluation of the PNC Foundation’s Grow Up Great program to promote school readiness and lifelong success for preschool children
  • Evaluation of the Learning Commons Program, funded by the Department of Education’s grant to the Community College of Allegheny County, to provide learning assistance services focusing on closing the achievement gap for historically disadvantaged students
  • Evaluation of youth substance abuse prevention education programs in two Pennsylvania counties, funded by the federal Drug Free Communities Support Program
  • Needs assessment to identify potential sites for future expansion of the Higher Achievement Program, which provides educational and mentoring services to middle school students from economically and socially disadvantaged communities