Hi all! I made an account a while ago but never introduced myself.
My name is Elizabeth Grim and I am based in Connecticut. By day, I have a full time job as the Director of Community Impact with a nonprofit working to increase data literacy and promote data-informed decision making across the state. By night, I am trying to build my independent consulting practice on the side. I welcome any and all tips from those of you who have successfully made that transition.
I like to say that evaluation found me. Growing up I loved math, science, puzzles, and understanding how things work. As I got older, I found myself passionate about social justice and systems change. When I started my career in the social services, I felt like something was missing and I was constantly trying to fix the system. Fast forward a few years when I discovered the evaluation center in my graduate program. I immediately knew these (you all!) were my people and I’ve been hooked ever since. Evaluation is the perfect combination of teaching, learning, writing, and connecting for me.
My primary areas of interest are housing/homelessness, social services, policy and systems change, evaluation capacity building, data visualization, reporting, and utilization-focused evaluation. I’m also very interested in organization development.
People come to me when they are looking to synthesize complex information into easily digestible products, interested in building evaluation capacity, want to brainstorm new ways of doing things, or have an idea for a conference proposal (still trying to make “professional conference attendee” a thing - ha!). I’ve met a lot of my evaluation community and clients through Twitter.
For non-evaluation help - I am often offering friends and colleagues travel and hiking suggestions : )