I’m an independent consultant who specializes in data visualization and data analysis. As a researcher and evaluator myself, I often partner with evaluation firms, university research centers, and nonprofits seeking to build their data skills. I’m based in DC but spend a good deal of time onsite with organizations, leading trainings and solving spreadsheet woes together. My goal: To equip you to collect, analyze, and visualize your own data.
Prior to launching my own consulting firm, I evaluated advocacy and public policy projects at Innovation Network; managed an internal performance management system at the Latin American Youth Center; evaluated educational programs for local, state, and national education agencies at ICF International; helped to build a coalition of youth-serving nonprofits at the Charlottesville/Albemarle Commission on Children and Families; and contributed to research-to-policy projects at the University of Virginia.
I’m the Secretary of the Washington Evaluators, Co-Chair of the Data Visualization and Reporting Topical Interest Group within AEA, Advisory Board Member of AEA’s Potent Presentations Initiative, and member of the Nonprofit Technology Network’s Research Committee. I’m also a past conference planner for the Eastern Evaluation Research Society.
I also have experience with:
- Basic and applied research on teaching and learning, adolescent development, interventions for low-income families, and public policy with university research labs;
- Research-to-policy projects with local commissions;
- Educational evaluations for local, state, and national education agencies;
- Internal evaluation and performance management with community-based nonprofit organizations;
- Planning conferences with evaluation organizations;
- Finding spare time to be a graduate student in educational psychology.
I started blogging in March 2012 to share my questions, challenges, and AHA! moments as I navigate the marvelous world of program evaluation.
Where else have you seen Ann’s posts, presentations, and podcasts?
- Top 10 Spreadsheet Secrets from a Nonprofit Data Nerd (4/3/2012) on Beth Kanter’s blog
- Bloggers Series: Ann Emery on the Emery Evaluation Blog (2/13/13) on aea365
- 10 Things You DID Learn in School (2/1/13) with Kylie Hutchinson and James Coyle on aea365
- 10 Things You Didn’t Learn in Evaluator School podcast (1/10/13) with Kylie Hutchinson and James Coyle on their Adventures in Evaluation podcast series
- A New Excel Learning Resource Customized for Evaluators (12/29/12) by Susan Kistler on aea365
- Aha Moments for Novice Evaluators (12/26/12) on aea365
- 10 Things You Didn’t Learn In School (10/29/12) on aea365
- Why I Love Internal Evaluation (10/27/12) Ignite presentation at the American Evaluation Association conference
- Top 10 Benefits of Connecting With Your AEA Affiliate (10/25/12) Ignite presentation at the American Evaluation Association conference
- Taking an Evaluator to Lunch (9/24/12) on aea365
- The Dataviz Extravaganza podcasts (9/11/12) with Johanna Morariu, Maria Gajewski, and Ruth Terry, Part 1 and Part 2
- Two Terrific Evaluation Podcasts (9/15/12) by Susan Kistler on aea365
- So, What is the Difference Between Research and Evaluation? (7/19/12) on the Via Evaluation blog
- Why I Love Internal Evaluation (6/24/12) on aea365
- Bad, Better, Best: Fixing those Awful Default Charts in Excel (5/22/12) on Karen Anderson’s blog, On Top of the Box Evaluation
- The Diversity of Evaluation Opportunities in DC (5/13/12) on aea365