SETIG Leadership Team

The SETIG Leadership Team ... [function and composition] Each member of the leadership team holds a three-year term, with two previously elected members overlapping with two newly elected members to allow a smooth transition....

Elections are usually held by online ballot, with the newly elected leadership being announced at the following SETIG Business Meeting.

You may contact the leadership team through their individual emails or through systemsinevaluationtig [at] gmail [dot] com.

2021 SETIG Leadership

Emily Gates, TIG Co-Chair (2019-2021)

position, workplace

As an assistant professor of evaluation at Boston College, I teach graduate-level evaluation & mixed methods courses; conduct evaluations; and juggle several research and writing projects. I’d say my systems interests really took off during graduate school when I did my dissertation research on the implications of systems thinking and complexity science for evaluation. I mostly dug into critical systems heuristics and the systems thinking in practice work of the Open University, but keep expanding to try out other systems approaches. Current projects include evaluating a system change initiative to personalize learning in K-12 school districts and a case study of how systems thinking and modeling informs evaluative learning in a philanthropic health initiative.


Jeneen Garcia, Program Co-Chair (2019-2021)

Evaluation Officer, Global Environment Facility, Washington DC

With an academic and work background in environmental science and management, I got drawn to the field of complex systems through my non-profit work in coupled human and ecological systems (which are basically everywhere on Earth!). My current work as evaluator at the Global Environment Facility, a multilateral trust fund working with international development banks and UN agencies, is a natural progression — I enjoy designing interdisciplinary approaches and combining quant and qual methods to assess complex interventions in complex settings.

Email: jgarcia2 [at] thegef [dot] org

Kimberly Norris, TIG Co-Chair (2020-2022)

With a dual behavioral ecology and systems modelling doctoral focus and, along the journey, having designed and applied adaptive management models with CS Holling (back in the ‘80s – yikes!), I appreciate the evolution of evaluative thinking and how we are moving toward more connected and supportive modes and models – both inherent to systems-based evaluation. I love how I can apply this orientation in my current role as a Senior Evaluation Specialist for a small, woman-owned international evaluation, learning and leadership strengthening firm, EnCompass, based in the DC area.

Clara Shim, Program Co-Chair (2020-2022)

I am currently a doctoral student at Boston College, with training in program evaluation theory and methods, along with data collection and analysis. Currently, I am working on an evaluation for the Boston College Online Master of Healthcare Administration program, which is centered around effective teaching and learning practices in the online learning space. My research interest also aligns with my current work. I have recently developed a comprehensive framework for evaluating quality indicators of online graduate programs. I hope to build upon the framework and study how such indicators can be best measured.

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