Program Design/Evaluation Planning


Whether you’re creating a new program from scratch or rebooting an existing initiative, I can help you ensure alignment between your goals, success metrics, and operational strategy. I’ve gained a reputation as a leading theory of change practitioner through engagements with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Creative Victoria (Australia), the City of Boston, ArtsWave, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, and Fractured Atlas. You can view a sample theory of change and logic model I developed for Createquity here.

Research Synthesis/Landscape Analysis

Over the past decade, I’ve earned international acclaim for my ability to distill the essence of complex ideas into simple language. As founder and CEO of the think tank Createquity, I critically evaluated hundreds of research studies and publications, either on my own or through managing, editing and training the work of others. Since then, I’ve helped clients such as Arabella Advisors and the City of Santa Monica quickly get up to speed on what evidence tells us about a field or a particular research question.

Strategic Decision-Making Workshops

I have experience teaching principles of decision science to hundreds of professionals at all skill levels. Drawing on specialized training from the Yale School of Management, the Good Judgment Project, and the Center for Applied Rationality, I offer a workshop covering the ingredients of a good decision, improving the accuracy of predictions, avoiding common cognitive biases, and more. I’ve worked with organizations including the American Evaluation Association, Democracy Fund, Monterey County Children and Families Commission, and Fractured Atlas to deliver this programming, and I’m happy to share my expertise with your team as well.

Grant Proposal Review/Impact Management

If you need temporary or ongoing assistance reviewing grants or evaluating impact investment opportunities, I can help. I’ve served on the investment committee for a startup VC initiative and evaluated proposals for public and private grantmaking agencies including the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the Jeremy A. Klainer Entrepreneurial Scholarship Fund.

Decision Doctor Service

Are you wrestling with a dilemma and not sure how to resolve it? In this surgical-strike consultancy, I will guide your organization through the process of predicting the outcomes of the alternative options available to you, and offer a recommendation for the strongest path forward taking into account your goals, priorities, and available information. For new and prospective clients, I offer a free, no-obligation decision inventory session, during which we’ll discuss all of the major decisions you need to make over the next 6-12 months. See the Decision Doctor page for more information on this innovative service.