What is GBEN?

The Greater Boston Evaluation Network (GBEN) is a collective of evaluators and other professionals doing evaluation-related work in and around the Greater Boston, Massachusetts, region. We are an official local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association. 

We have members who represent disciplines including K-12 Education, Public Health, Social and Economic Policy, and Government and Public Sector Services. We are a strong mix of nonprofit professionals, internal and external evaluators, self-employed evaluation consultants, researchers, and university students. Our members have experience ranging from "just getting started" to over 20 years in the field!

Each year, GBEN hosts regular "Roundtable" meetings to share best practices, resources, and problems of practice in a range of evaluation and data topics. GBEN also hosts quarterly social events and is looking to expand programming to include more events to meet the needs of members. 

Executive Committee

Danelle Marable, President

Danelle Marable is the Director of Evaluation and Data for the BILH Community Benefits and Community Relations team.  Previous to this, she was Director of Evaluation, Assessments, and Coalitions at the Mass General Hospital Center for Community Health Improvement. She has more than 18 years of experience in evaluation and program design for community health improvement and health equity initiatives. She is a member of the Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI) and the American Evaluation Association. She is the President of the Greater Boston Evaluation Network and serves on the Advisory Board of the West Virginia University Department of Sociology & Anthropology.  Danelle received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Central Florida and her M.A. in Applied Social Research from West Virginia University.

Matan BenYishay, Vice President

Matan BenYishay is the Director of Program Evaluation at Pine Street Inn. In this role, he oversees data collection, data analysis, and program evaluation activities at PSI. Previously, Matan served as the Program Evaluation Manager at AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, a division of Fenway Health. His evaluation work focuses on housing, homelessness, substance use, behavioral health, and social determinants of health; he attempts to incorporate an equity lens to these subject areas. Matan has a B.A. in Sociology and Government from Wesleyan University and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Brandeis University Heller School for Social Policy and Management, with a concentration in poverty alleviation.

Elizabeth Brown, Clerk

Elizabeth W. Brown is an independent evaluation consultant who has evaluated public health programs for nearly 20 years. Working primarily with the public sector, Elizabeth’s work has spanned multiple content areas, including youth development, school-based health, homelessness prevention, and, most recently, culturally and linguistically appropriate health services. Elizabeth is skilled in participatory evaluation using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and is experienced in developing program monitoring systems. She earned her B.A. in Third World Studies from William Smith College, her M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Health, and is currently completing a Master’s in Public Administration from UMass Boston.

Eileen Marra, Treasurer

Eileen G. Marra is the Director of Evaluation & Strategy at Hearth, an organization dedicating to eliminating homelessness among older adults. Her work focuses on defining, operationalize, growing, and communicating the impact of Hearth's work through program evaluation and strategic planning.

Eileen holds a Master of Social Work degree from Boston University with a Certificate in Gerontological Social Work as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University in both Psychology and Social Work. Eileen lives with her husband and dog in Cambridge, MA. 

Bryan Hall, Communications Chair

Bryan Hall is the Director for Evaluation at BELL, a national non-profit organization headquartered in Boston that delivers evidence-based out-of-school time programming to children in grades pre-Kindergarten to 8th grade living in under-resourced communities. In his role, he directs and manages all internal and external assessment and program evaluation activities across the organization. Bryan received his B.A. in Political Science from Siena College and a M.S. in Applied Nutrition and Social Science Food Policy from Tufts University.

Kelly Washburn, Programming Co-Chair

Kelly Washburn is Project Manager at the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Community Health Improvement (MGH CCHI). In her role, she manages research, evaluation, and needs assessment projects focused on multi-sector community coalitions. Acting as an internal evaluator, she employs a participatory, utilization-focused approach with her partners to determine the best methods needed to ensure they have the data they need to make lasting changes. Kelly received her B.S. in Health Sciences from the University of Central Florida and her Master’s of Public Health from Northeastern University.

Min Ma, DEI Chair

Min Ma is the Principal of MXM Research Group LLC, an evaluation and research firm that specializes in design, strategy, and evaluation for social impact. She supports coalitions and initiatives in community health, youth development, employment, and financial inclusion. Min loves nerding out with her peers on data technology and design. She holds a BA from Haverford College and an MA from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. 

Greater Boston Evaluation Network is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

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