The Greater Boston Evaluation Network (GBEN) is a collective of evaluators and other professionals doing evaluation-related work in and around the Greater Boston, Massachusetts, region. We are an official local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association. We have over 200 members who represent disciplines including K-12 Education, Public Health, Social and Economic Policy, and Government and Public Sector Services. We are a strong mix of nonprofit professionals, internal and external evaluators, self-employed evaluation consultants, researchers, and university students. Our members have experience ranging from “just getting started” to over 20 years in the field!
Each year, GBEN hosts 10 regular monthly “Roundtable” meetings to share best practices, resources, and problems of practice in a range of evaluation and data topics. GBEN also hosts quarterly social events and is looking to expand programming to include more events to meet the needs of members. In 2015, over 120 participants attended our monthly Roundtable meetings and social events. If you have any ideas for events or Roundtable topics, please don’t hesitate to reach out!
The Greater Boston Evaluation Network (GBEN) values an interdisciplinary approach to evaluation that promotes excellence and innovation in the collection and use of data for learning, decision-making, and improving outcomes. It is a learning community that exists to:
• welcome voices from diverse sectors and experience levels
• offer professional development, resource-sharing, and networking opportunities
• exchange ideas on evaluation approaches and best practices
• promote and shape evaluation as a profession
• influence how the greater Boston community engages in evaluation
Amanda Sutter, MA, MSW - Co-Chair
Director of Evaluation & Research, North Shore YMCA
Amanda Sutter is the Director of Evaluation & Research for the North Shore YMCA. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Sociology from Alma College (MI) and Master’s degrees in Educational Foundations and Social Work from the University of Michigan. She has worked in evaluation across multiple sectors including quality improvement interventions in out-of-school time, coalition evaluation in substance abuse prevention, and outcomes management in poverty alleviation. Amanda is dedicated to using the best of evaluation to improve systems that help organizations serving children and youth to use data for continuous improvement and to achieve greater impact.
Danelle Marable, MA - Co-Chair
Director of Evaluation, MGH CCHI
Danelle Marable is the Director for Evaluation at the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Community Health Improvement (MGH CCHI). In her role, she works with all initiatives supported by the Center to assess needs, research best practices for serving vulnerable populations, and evaluates new and existing health initiatives for quality improvement, sustainability, development, and impact. She also directs the Community Health Needs Assessment for the hospital. Danelle received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Central Florida and her M.A. in Applied Social Research from West Virginia University.
Elizabeth W. Brown, MPH - Secretary
Elizabeth W. Brown is an independent evaluation consultant who has evaluated public health programs for nearly 20 years. Working primarily with the public sector, Elizabeth’s work has spanned multiple content areas, including youth development, school-based health, homelessness prevention, and, most recently, culturally and linguistically appropriate health services. Elizabeth is skilled in participatory evaluation using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and is experienced in developing program monitoring systems. She earned her B.A. in Third World Studies from William Smith College, her M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Health, and is currently completing a Master’s in Public Administration from UMass Boston.
Bryan Hall, MS - Communications Chair
Director for Evaluation, BELL
Bryan Hall is the Director for Evaluation at BELL, a national non-profit organization headquartered in Boston that delivers evidence-based out-of-school time programming to children in grades pre-Kindergarten to 8th grade living in under-resourced communities. In his role, he directs and manages all internal and external assessment and program evaluation activities across the organization. Bryan received his B.A. in Political Science from Siena College and a M.S. in Applied Nutrition and Social Science Food Policy from Tufts University.
Dana Benjamin, BS - Membership Chair
Director of Evaluation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
Dana Benjamin is the Director of Evaluation at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, where she leads BGCB toward becoming a learning organization – using data to inform practice and create an optimal Club experience for all young people. Dana’s personal and professional life is rooted in service, with youth development as its hallmark. She received her BS in Communications from Boston University and served in AmeriCorps following graduation – an experience that shaped her career by being impacted by the power, possibility and sense of renewal service ignites in communities and those who serve. After AmeriCorps Dana joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middlesex County and obtained an Executive Leadership Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Boston University School of Management. She also serves as the Director of the Massachusetts Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs Outcomes Performance Project, an initiative to build Club’s infrastructure to use data to lead, adapt, inform and support their work. She is excited to serve on the GBEN board as Membership Chair.
Erin Cooley, MS - Program Co-Chair
Manager of Research, Evaluation, and Partnerships, Boston Public Schools
Erin Cooley is the Director of Data Analysis and Information Management at the Public Schools of Brookline. Erin leads the effort to implement effective use of data throughout the district and its schools. She works with Senior Leadership to develop the systems and processes for supporting stakeholders in accessing, understanding, and utilizing data and information in ways that support ongoing improvement in learning, achievement, teaching, and operations. She is also responsible for maintaining a high-quality data infrastructure including procedures and policies to ensure the accuracy and security of student, staff, and district data. Prior to her role in Brookline, Erin worked as the Manager of Research, Evaluation and Partnerships at Boston Public Schools helping to evaluate the impact of programs, initiatives, and services for both internal and external partners. Erin received her B.A. in Political Science from Trinity College (CT) and her M.S. in Law and Public Policy with an education concentration from Northeastern University.
Kelly Washburn, MPH - Program Co-Chair
Project Manager, MGH CCHI
Kelly Washburn is Project Manager at the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Community Health Improvement (MGH CCHI). In her role, she manages research, evaluation, and needs assessment projects focused on multi-sector community coalitions. Acting as an internal evaluator, she employs a participatory, utilization-focused approach with her partners to determine the best methods needed to ensure they have the data they need to make lasting changes. Kelly received her B.S. in Health Sciences from the University of Central Florida and her Master’s of Public Health from Northeastern University.