I’m Jenna van Draanen. I’ve done some independent consulting over the years and have also worked as an evaluator within several research institutions. I’m currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia and the BC Centre on Substance Use and I do a combination of research and evaluation mostly in the substance use/mental health space. I got my PhD in Public Health from UCLA so I’ve spent time on both sides of the US/Canada border and done a bit of evaluation in both countries.
I came to evaluation because there was a need for it in the community groups I was working with and it matched my skill set and interests nicely (hello, fellow data nerds ). I am glad to see the many other folks on this thread who are also interested in social justice within evaluation, that’s where my evaluation heart lies too.
People come to me when they need a good theory of change, when they need advice about analysis plans, and when they need a good acronym for a project. Nice to meet you all!