Keynote Speaker - Leslie Goodyear


Leslie Goodyear is a nationally recognized expert in evaluation and 2018 president of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). In her day job at Education Development Center (EDC), a large non-profit research and development organization, she leads evaluations of national and local education initiatives, facilitates evaluation capacity building, and serves as an evaluation advisor for clients and colleagues. Over her career, she’s conducted evaluations in formal and informal educational settings, and has experience evaluating youth development, civic engagement, afterschool, and STEM education programs. Most recently, her evaluation work has been focused on programs that foster equity and access to education at all levels. In addition to being an evaluator, in her work as a program officer at the National Science Foundation, Leslie helped build organizational evaluation capacity and was a user and commissioner of evaluations.

Her publications have focused on qualitative inquiry in evaluation, building communities of practice within multi-site evaluations, evaluation ethics, creative approaches to representing evaluation findings, culturally responsive evaluation, and evaluating out-of-school and informal STEM education programs.

Professionally, she has served as Ethics Section editor and Associate Editor of the American Journal of Evaluation, and has been an American Evaluation Association board member, chair and member of the AEA Ethics Committee and Working Groups, and co-chair of the AEA Qualitative Methods Topical Interest Group.

Leslie holds a Masters and PhD in Program Evaluation and Planning from Cornell University and a BA in Developmental Psychology from Macalester College. When she isn’t wearing her evaluator suit, she’s running, swimming, cooking, dancing to 70’s Funk, and enjoying Boston, where she lives with her husband and two cats.


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