Clients and Testimonials


Carolyn conducts evaluations, trainings and facilitations for nonprofit organizations, philanthropic foundations, and both public and private agencies.  Consultations or evaluations have been conducted for the following organizations. Many are multi-year or repeat clients.

"PEI is indebted to Carolyn Cohen for sharing her superb evaluation and strategic planning expertise to sharpen PEI’s impact."
  • Abt Associates
  • Aguirre International
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Bellevue Community College
  • Carlson Leadership and Public Service Office, University of Washington
  • Cleveland Federation for Community Planning
  • College of Forestry, University of Washington
  • College Spark Washington
  • Comprehensive Health Education Foundation
  • Digital Learning Commons
  • EarthCorps
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Edmonds School District
  • Education Outreach,Genome Sciences, University of Washington
  • Foundation for Healthy Generations
  • Foundations for a Better Oregon/Chalkboard Project
  • FSG
  • Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center for Conservative Judaism
  • The Heinz Endowments
  • Jewish Family Service of Seattle
  • KSER
  • Matan/Israel United Way
  • National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies
  • Nature Consortium
  • Northeast Vocational Education Consortium
  • Northwest Association for Biomedical Research
  • Northwest Policy Center
  • Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
  • ORS Impact
  • Pacific Education Institute
  • Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
  • Project Lift-Off Opportunity Fund
  • Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology
  • Repair the World, Partnership Division
  • Seattle-King County Division on Aging
  • Seattle Public Library Foundation
  • Seattle University Center for Community Engagement
  • Seattle University Youth Initiative
  • Science Education Partnership, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Shaker Heights Board of Education
  • Shoreline Community College
  • SnoNet
  • Spark Policy Institute
  • State Commissions for National and Community Service (ID, OR, WA, MT)
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
  • Teen Media Awareness Program, University of Washington
  • Temple Beth El
  • The Colorado Trust
  • Thrive Washington
  • Urban Health Initiative
  • Washington Alliance for Better Schools
  • Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
  • Washington State Department of Early Learning
  • World Vision


“I have worked with Carolyn on several projects. I greatly value her expertise, insights and wisdom. A few specific observations include:

  • Strategic learning. Carolyn recently facilitated a real-time learning process to guide our work as the backbone organization of a collective impact effort (the Choice Neighborhood Education Collaborative). She proficiently surfaced and contextualized findings, and led learning circles that guided us in identifying strategic decisions and action steps.
  • Carolyn succinctly captures findings and prepares reports that are useful for our audiences at both the organizational and national level. I appreciate her ability to create reports that are accessible and useful to multiple audiences.
  • Capacity-building. Carolyn has emerged as a guide and mentor to our staff on direction and focus for our internal evaluation efforts. I value her as a trusted thought partner in considering how to develop and advance our work. One of Carolyn’s great gifts is asking thoughtful questions in a way that takes our thinking and our strategy to deeper levels.”

— Kent Koth, Executive Director, Center for Community Engagement, Seattle University


“I have collaborated with Carolyn for over a decade on the evaluation of several large federally-funded science teacher professional development programs and have always found her evaluation work to be of the highest caliber. Carolyn has brought her skills to bear as a thought partner to our projects by presenting real-time data at project leadership meetings and then facilitating discussions on their implications for project development. She is incredibly thoughtful and has consistently helped push us to think more deeply about our work. She is especially strong in strategic planning, logic model development, and focus group work. She is also highly skilled at using Appreciative Inquiry to elicit new understandings of project outcomes and potential. She has my highest recommendation!”

— Jeanne Ting Chowning, Associate Executive Director, Rainier Scholars


Carolyn,  thank you so much for helping us launch this strategic plan – which has been a truly formative opportunity to help this organization continue doing its great work into the future.  You have helped us pivot into a new future in which Appreciative Inquiry is our framework for planning, problem solving and more!

— Sue Thieda, Deputy Director, EarthCorps


“Carolyn provided valuable support during a time when we were expanding and refocusing our strategic direction. She identified our evolving needs and through her supportive and encouraging facilitation, PEI’s evaluation needs were clarified, addressed and met.   Carolyn guided us in clearly identifying the kinds of measurable changes our organization will make.  Carolyn’s support included facilitating a Theory of Change process.  In addition, Carolyn reviewed and revised our existing data collection tools and crafted an evaluation framework to guide assessment of our current and anticipated work.  As a result of her work, PEI staff has skills to think about how we will measure progress going forward.  PEI is indebted to Carolyn Cohen for sharing her superb evaluation and strategic planning expertise to sharpen PEI’s impact.”

— Margaret Tudor, Executive Director, Pacific Education Institute


“Carolyn did an excellent job and her debrief was just what we needed to hear! Carolyn’s observations were truly unbiased and as such provided much needed clarity regarding feelings around important processes and outcomes of the equity work. Her evaluation results will assist us in our future grant application decision making processes.”

—  Health Promotion Coordinator, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department


“Several years ago, the leadership at United Way Israel asked for Carolyn’s guidance in developing our then new program – Matan Evaluation Track –Organizational Measurement & Evaluation Capacities as a Managerial Tool. Five years later, 40 CEO’s and 171 professionals from 40 non-profit organizations have acquired measurement and evaluation tools and capabilities. Carolyn’s experience and advice over time, through both consultation and training, has contributed to our development of a very unique and successful model which is a pioneering training program in Israel, designed to create a culture of evaluation in Israel’s third sector.”

— Talia Horev, Director of Matan Track for Evaluation Capacity Building


“Our organization contracted with Carolyn to conduct a needs assessment for an educational program at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Throughout the process Carolyn was an excellent and prompt communicator, and a pleasure to work with. She helped our organization build evaluation capacity by coaching PDZA on best practices in conducting focus groups, including recruiting and screening participants, facilitation techniques, and analyzing findings. I highly recommend Carolyn based on her expertise, reliability, and supreme organization of the entire project.”

— Craig Standridge, Public Programs and Visitor Studies Coordinator, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium


“Carolyn fundamentally changed the way our department engages our work. Her sophisticated questions, analytic approach and focus on evaluation and measurement toward impact provided a vital frame from which to view our work. I am not easily impressed and yet I have only praise for Carolyn and hold her in very high regard.”

— Will Berkovitz, Vice President, Repair the World

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