Veena has over 15 years of experience leading organizations through the evaluation design and implementation process. As Director, Veena steers Innovation Network through the philanthropic evaluation landscape. She works closely with funders and nonprofits to answer questions around program design, implementation, and impact. As a facilitator, Veena skillfully navigates organizations through all phases of the evaluation lifecycle: evaluation planning, data collection, analysis, reporting, and action and improvement.
Veena is particularly adept at systematically applying a multitude of frameworks and approaches to assess levels of influence and progress towards advocacy and policy change efforts. Her experience ranges across topical areas such as health promotion, social justice, immigration reform, and racial equity.
Through her evaluation work, Veena has developed a keen interest in facilitative processes that enhance stakeholder understanding and use of evaluation data. She invented data placemats, a participatory technique used in analysis of evaluation findings.
Veena believes in sharing knowledge to build evaluation capacity, and to that end she has written numerous publications and blog posts showcasing data placemats and other work. Check out her chapter on data placemats as a facilitative technique in New Directions in Evaluation; her white papers on coalition capacity assessment and participatory evaluation; and her contributions to Innovation Network’s State of Evaluation Project.
Veena has a passion for organization development and effectiveness, and has a Certificate in Organization Development from Georgetown University. She employs many of these skills in her day-to-day consulting work and enjoys applying her knowledge to navigate and build positive team dynamics and organizational culture change initiatives. She received a BA in Sociology from University of Virginia, and an MA in Social Sciences from University of Chicago.