Dr. Kathy Dowell has over 20 years of experience in all phases of evaluation, including research design, data collection, data analysis, and report writing. Much of her work focuses on programs and issues related to children and families, with particular focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, youth development, adolescent pregnancy prevention, sexuality education, substance abuse treatment, and child abuse and neglect prevention.
Having worked in both the public and private sectors, she brings a broad range of experience and expertise to her work in helping community-based organizations and government agencies increase their evaluation capabilities. She uses this experience to design, conduct and manage formative and summative evaluations that vary widely in design and methodology.
As an active member of the American Evaluation Association, she has made numerous presentations at the Association’s annual conferences. She is also a past chair of the Association’s Topical Interest Group on Independent Evaluation Consulting. In her work with the group, she authored a chapter in the book “Consulting and Evaluation with Nonprofit and Community-Based Organizations” and was involved in the development of the Client Feedback Form, a client satisfaction survey that is available to members of the American Evaluation Association to use in gathering feedback from clients on the quality of their work.
Kathy has a B.A. in Psychology (University of Maryland Baltimore County), a M.A. in Clinical Psychology (Loyola College in Maryland) and a Ph.D. in Policy Sciences (concentration in Program Evaluation, University of Maryland Baltimore County).