Publications and Presentations

Findings are presented in the appropriate context, whether through public reports, peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations, or internal confidential memos and conversations.

"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."


Carolyn specializes in clear, concise writing, with each product tailored to its target audiences. She has published on a variety of topics including evaluating advocacy efforts, strategic communications, and the role of teacher professional development in fostering career awareness. Written products include peer-reviewed journal articles; in-depth program evaluation reports; and summaries of findings intended for dissemination to general audiences.  Her articles have been published through the Center for Evaluation Innovation, The Foundation Review, New Directions in Evaluation, and the Washington State Kappan.

Selected Publications

While much of her written communication with clients is conducted via confidential internal memos and emails, she also authors learning briefs, project reports, and journal articles. Selected public-facing publications, listed in a general chronological order, follows:


Raising STEM Career Awareness, Pacific Education Institute.

Building Bridges that Advance Student Outcomes: The Seattle Housing Authority Education Engagement Specialist, Seattle University.

Evaluation and Strategy Learning Circles, Spark Policy Institute.

Perspectives on the Community Transformation Partnership: Insights from Coalition Partners and Community Experts, Tacoma–Pierce County Health Department and Foundation for Healthy Generations.

The Seattle University and Bailey Gatzert Elementary School Partnerhip: Lessons for Sustainability and Scaling, Seattle University.

Choice Neighborhood Initiative Education Collaborative: Deepening the Partnership, Seattle University.

Coaching for Strategic Learning: Insights from the Experiences of Building Public Will for Access to Health, The Colorado Trust and Spark Policy Institute.

Community Health Advocates as Two-Way Trusted Communicators of Health Information, Foundation for Healthy Generations.

Advocacy Evaluation Case Study: The Chalkboard Project, Center for Evaluation Innovation (with Gienapp, A. (Organizational Research Services)).

Prospective Evaluation of Civic Engagement Efforts: The Chalkboard Project, Organizational Research Services.

“Fostering STEM Career Awareness: Emerging Opportunities for Teachers,” Washington State Kappan (with Patterson, D., Kovarik, D., Chowning, J.).

Teaching Strategies that Promote Science Career Awareness, Northwest Association  for Biomedical Research.

The Emerging Role of Science Teachers in Fostering STEM Career Motivation, Northwest Association for Biomedical Research.

“Bioinformatics Education in High School: Implications for Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Careers,” CBE—Life Sciences Education (with Kovarik,D., Patterson, G., Sanders, E., Peterson, K., Porter, S., Chowning, J.).

“Strategic Communications for Influence: Lessons from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and its KIDS COUNT Initiative,” The Foundation Review (with Gienapp, A., Reisman, J., Langley, K. (Organizational Research Services); Cipollone, T., Kelly, T., Crary, D., Chong, S.L. (Annie E. Casey Foundation)).

How Kids Count Grantees Connect with the Media: Lessons from Six States, Annie E. Casey Foundation (with Organizational Research Services).

Program Review: Community Grants Program, College Spark Washington.

“Evaluation Learning Circles: A Sole Proprietor’s Evaluation Capacity-Building Strategy,” New Directions in Evaluation.

Ethics in the Science Classroom (annual and final evaluation reports), Northwest Association for Biomedical Research.

Peer Coaching: The Teaching + Technology Initiative ( multi-part report series), Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology.


Student Adventures in Learning (annual and final evaluation reports), Edmonds School District.

Teacher Coach Models: HiTech Teacher Training Project (HT3P), Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology.

Insights on Student Outcomes; Building a 21st Century Community Learning Center. Annual and final evaluation reports, Washington Alliance for Better Schools.

Taking Stock of the History, Structure, Processes and Expectations of the Project Lift-Off Opportunity Fund; New Learnings About Collaboration; Further Learnings About Public/Private Collaboration, Project Lift-Off Opportunity Fund report series (with Reisman, J. (Organizational Research Services)).

Evaluation of the Washington Service Corps, Abt Associates, Inc. (with Jastrzab, J., Ciurea, M., Hostica, C., Small, D., St. George, A.).


A Close Look at Four AmeriCorps Programs in the Pacific Northwest, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (with Paglin, C., Wang, C., Parker, B.).

Washington’s Unified State Plan for National and Community Service, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory.

Technology in Learning: What’s Now? What’s New? What’s Next?, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory.

What Service Teaches about Citizenship and Work: The Case of AmeriCorps.

Northwest Center for Emerging Technology (annual and final evaluation reports), Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory.

The Use of Idea-Based Policy Instruments in Promoting School-Linked Service Integration, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory.

The Seattle Tutoring Center Service-Learning Demonstration Program (annual and final evaluation reports), University of Washington.

The AFL-CIO Human Resources and Development Institute’s Upgrading and Career Ladder Program Evaluation Report, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory.

Team Tutoring Project: Nurturing a Community Commitment to Individual Student Growth (annual and final evaluation reports), Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (with Owens, T.).

Issues Surrounding Entry-Level Workers: A Policy Report, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (with Owens, T., Lindner, F.).

“Do Companies Care About Families?,” Vocational Education Journal (with Owens, T., Lindner, F.).

Best Workplace Practices for Entry-Level Workers, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (with Owens, T., Lindner, F.).

“Occupational Training for the 90’s,” Evaluation Forum: National JTPA Journal (with Owens, T.).

“Planning for New and Changing Occupations,” Ideas for Action, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory.

A Guide to Native American Curriculum Materials, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory.

“What Decision Makers Believe about Youth Employment Policy in the 80’s,” Emerging Trends in Secondary Education, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (with Picus, L.).

High School Dropouts: How Communities Can Gather Useful Information, Greater Portland Work-Education Council.


Carolyn has presented nationally and internationally including on the use of Appreciative Inquiry in evaluation, evaluation of advocacy efforts, and the role of Evaluation and Strategy Learning Circles in Developmental Evaluation.

Selected Presentations

“Assessing Collective Impact: Evaluation for Continuous Learning,” University-Led Place-Based Initiatives Conference, Seattle University

“Real Time Learning for Social Innovations: Facilitating Evaluation and Strategy Learning Circles,” United Way Israel, Tel Aviv, Israel

“Coaching for Strategic Learning: Lessons from Nonprofits and their Funder,” American Evaluation Association Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado

“How to Prepare and Lead a Strategic Debrief,” American Evaluation Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO

“Scaling Up the Replication Ladder: Considerations in Evaluating Scale-up Efforts,” American Evaluation Association Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California

“Evaluating Students’ Career Decisions in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Fields,” American Evaluation Association Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California

“Using Appreciative Inquiry to Build Evaluation Capacity,” United Way Israel, Tel Aviv, Israel

“Appreciative Inquiry: A Bridge Between Evaluation and Organizational Learning,” Henrietta Szold Institute, the National Institute for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Jerusalem, Israel

“Evaluating Advocacy Efforts: Tools You Can Use,” Shatil, Tel Aviv, Israel

“Infusing Appreciative Inquiry into Small-Scale Work,” American Evaluation Association Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado

“Fresh Ideas: Learning from Successes,” Eliminating Health Inequities Conference, Seattle, Washington

“Innovative Strategies and Practical Tips for Evaluation Capacity-Building,” American Evaluation Association Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon

“Dropout Prevention: Connecting Kids to High School,” Washington Educational Research Association, Seattle, Washington

“Evaluation Capacity-Building: Lessons and Strategies,” Canadian Evaluation Society/American Evaluation Association Joint Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario

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