What is evaluation? What do careers in evaluation look like? What kind of impact can I make in evaluation? How do I get started?
Hosted by Northeastern's Public Evaluation Lab (NU-PEL) and GBEN, this panel event invites you to think about evaluation as a career and the potential ways to move into the field. At this event, you'll listen and engage with three Northeastern alumni and evaluation professionals who will share their student experiences on how they got introduced to evaluation and how that informed them on their career journeys.
The event is open to all students or recent grads.
Meet the Panelists!
Alex Alden is passionate about solving real-world problems through social science. With a PhD in sociology from Northeastern University, she has built a mission-driven career, conducting numerous studies for health care facilities, community organizations, and government health entities in the field of behavioral health services, racial justice, health policy, and organizational change. She currently works as the Associate Director of Research for the Center for Workforce Development at William James College.
David Cruz, a Salvadoran professional, holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from El Salvador (2015), and a master's in Public Policy from Northeastern University (2022). With almost a decade of experience, he specializes in socio-economic analysis, qualitative/quantitative research, social geography, and interactive visualizations. Primarily based in El Salvador, David's work has recently extended its outreach to other Central American countries and the states of Massachusetts and North Carolina. (website: davidcruzsv.com).
Megan Lopez, Ph.D., works as a Senior Research Associate at The Evaluation Center located at Western Michigan University. She serves as Co-Principal Investigator on EvaluATE, funded by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education grant program. Megan graduated with her Ph.D. in Population Health from Northeastern University and holds her Master’s in Social Work and Public Administration from Grand Valley State University. She has expertise in building and supporting evaluation capacity among organizations and individuals through training, research, and technical support provision. She is additionally passionate evaluation and program design of sport-for-development initiatives.