As Senior Director of Programs, Kristine Chadwick oversees all aspects of research and evaluation projects at EPIC, including staffing assigned to each project. She has more than 20 years of experience in program evaluation in the arenas of education and community-level health promotion. She has evaluated a wide variety of education improvement projects, including college access and retention programs; strategic planning processes; community collaboratives to improve education systems and prevent substance abuse; online and traditional professional development programs; and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and research programs. She has evaluated promising college access program models, including the 2008–2014 West Virginia GEAR UP program that served more than 15,000 students. She also has evaluated the Ohio Early College High School Initiative, the Ohio College Access Network, the StriveTogether™ model for community collaboration to improve education, and numerous National Science Foundation and state-funded initiatives to improve STEM education. Since joining EPIC in 2013, she has served as codirector of the evaluation of the 2U Semester Online program, which offered courses using a “flipped classroom” model of online delivery. She is now evaluation director for the Business Education Compact’s Proficiency-Based Teaching and Learning grant from the Oregon Department of Education, the Oregon Education Investment Board’s initiative to develop outcomes frameworks for collective impact collaboratives, and for the National Science Foundation-funded Quality Elementary Science Teaching research project at the University of Missouri–Columbia.
Kristine has extensive experience in strategic planning and implementation, and in elucidation of program theories of change and theories of action, often illustrated in the form of logic models. In addition to designing, managing, and implementing evaluations, she presents regularly at national conferences (e.g., those of the American Evaluation Association and American Educational Research Association) and consults on program development and evaluation to a variety of stakeholder groups, such as small foundations, higher education centers and departments, school districts, and state departments of education. Kristine earned her doctorate in experimental psychology at the University of Rhode Island, with concentrations in organizational theory and behavior, community psychology, and evaluation research. Her dissertation was a narrative analysis of factors influencing the development of indigenous leaders in challenged communities. For her master’s thesis at the same university, she conducted structural equation modeling to assess predictors of adolescent substance use. She holds certificates in the Advanced Study of Evaluation from Claremont Graduate University and Strategic Management from DePaul University.