William Trochim (Moderator) served on the AEA Public Affairs Committee from 2005 – 2006 and was Chair of the committee in 2006 when this Forum was held. He is the President-Elect of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) as of January, 2007 and will serve as President beginning January, 2008. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of AEA from 1995 to 2000. He is a Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University’s School of Human Ecology, and currently is Director of Evaluation for Extension and Outreach at Cornell. His research is broadly in the area of applied social research methodology, with an emphasis on program planning and evaluation methods. He is known for his work in quasi-experimental alternatives to randomized experimental designs (especially the regression discontinuity and regression point displacement designs) and for the development of a multivariate form of structured conceptual mapping. He has written or edited numerous books, monographs and journal articles, and is the author of several widely used introductory research methods texts. He is the co-founder of Concept Systems Incorporated, a company that provides software, training and consulting services to support the concept mapping method he developed. Dr. Trochim received his PhD from the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University in the specialty of Methodology and Evaluation Research.
Michael Schooley is chief of the Applied Research and Evaluation Branch, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this capacity, he provides leadership and vision to applied research and program evaluation activities to facilitate CDC’s response to public health issues related to the prevention and control of heart disease and stroke. Mr. Schooley has been working with CDC since 1993. During this time, he has developed systems for tracking and reporting programmatic indicators, behavioral and environmental measures, and health outcomes to provide data for program planning, improvement, evaluation and accountability. Mr. Schooley has focused on applied research, with particular emphasis on monitoring and evaluating science-based chronic disease prevention and control programs, policies and health outcomes. He has developed performance measures and prepared documentation in response to Healthy People, GPRA, PART, and GAO investigations. Mr. Schooley received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Pennsylvania State University and master of public health in epidemiology and international health from Emory University.
Ted Kniker is an executive consultant with the Federal Consulting Group, a franchise of the Department of the Treasury. He works with federal organizations to improve their performance planning, performance measurement and program evaluation operations and serves as the PART expert for the FCG. Prior to joining the Federal Consulting Group, he was the Chief of Evaluation and Performance Measurement of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs from 1998 to 2006. In this position, he was responsible for coordinating strategic evaluations and bureau performance planning to ensure compliance with the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), the President’s Management Agenda, and program improvement. Under his leadership, the evaluation division was recognized as a best practice by the OIG and achieved the highest international affairs score on the OMB Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART). Mr. Kniker received his Master's degree in International Relations from George Washington University and his B.A. in political science from Grinnell College. Mr. Kniker obtained a certification as a Management Planning and Analysis Specialist in 2000, graduated from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School’s Executive Potential Program in 2004, and was appointed in 2004 to the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
Nancy Kingsbury is Managing Director for Applied Research and Methods at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (formerly the General Accounting Office), where she is responsible for managing GAO’s advanced analytic staff including economists, computer engineers, statisticians, social science analysts, program evaluation experts and other scientific specialists. Her team also does a body of work on program evaluation in the federal government, including the implementation of PART. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Kingsbury was an Assistant Comptroller General in the General Government Division (GGD) responsible for GAO’s work on government-wide management issues including human capital management and government business operations, tax policy and administration, justice and immigration issues, and financial institutions and markets. She has also served as Director for Planning and Reporting (GGD), Director for Federal Human Resource Management issues, Director for Air Force issues, and Director for Foreign Economic Assistance Issues. She came to GAO in 1984. Between 1979 and 1981, she served as the Director of Resource Management at the Peace Corps, where she was responsible for the agency’s personnel activities, budget, and administrative services. From 1972 to 1979, and later from 1981 to 1984, she served in a variety of positions in the Office of Personnel Management (formerly Civil Service Commission), including participation on the team responsible for civil service reform in 1978 and evaluation of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act grant program. Dr. Kingsbury has been active in AEA and one of its predecessor organizations, the Evaluation Research Society, since their inception, and she served many years on the AEA Board and as Secretary Treasurer. She is also a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. She has a M.A. and Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from the University of Miami (Florida).