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Students

Students

Northeastern University Public Evaluation Lab offers students at the undergraduate and graduate levels from across the University an opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience in the growing field of evaluation.

Examples of opportunities provided to students include:

  • Training and support to students working on Northeastern University Public Evaluation Lab projects
  • Experiential learning through capstone projects and internship placements
  • Peer learning and mentorship as students from different colleges, disciplines, and educational levels work together
  • A course in Techniques of Program Evaluation that links evaluation theory and practice

Our Students

Alexandra Alden

Alexandra Alden
Sociology Doctoral Program
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Lauren Contorno

Lauren Contorno
PhD Sociology
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Jeton Devereaux

Jeton Devereaux
Master of Public Administration Program
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Charlotte Gray

Charlotte Gray
Masters in Public Health Program
Bouvé College of Health Sciences

Sumire Maki

Sumire Maki
Health Sciences
Bouvé College of Health Sciences

Christina Ransom

Christina Ransom
Masters in Public Health Program
Bouvé College of Health Sciences

Cherry Tangri

Cherry Tangri
Masters in Public Health Program
Bouvé College of Health Sciences

Megan Zelinsky

Megan Zelinsky
Population Health Doctoral Program
Bouvé College of Health Sciences

Testimonial

Charlotte Gray
Master of Public Health Student

As part of my Master of Public Health program, I took a program evaluation course with Dr. Laurie Dopkins this past summer. This course gave me my first taste of the art of evaluation and all it has to offer. Dr. Dopkins constructed the course so that not only did we learn the basics of program evaluation but simultaneously applied this information in a “real-life” evaluation project. We split into teams and work with Boston-based clients to develop comprehensive evaluation plans specific to our clients’ needs. Needless to say, we learned the imperfect art of how theory translates into practice. This experience sparked in me a passion for evaluation that I wanted to explore further – an opportunity NU-PEL gave me.

I joined NU-PEL in Fall of 2018, working with two Human Services professors on two evaluations. One is focused on evaluating the impact of a bystander intervention program offered to Northeastern students and one is focused on evaluating the impact of a writing program offered in multiple Boston Public High Schools. These projects have given me not only hands-on evaluation experience, but a level of independence and creative freedom that can be difficult to find as a student. I have gained experience developing multiple instruments (re: survey, focus group and interview guides) and am just starting to gain experience in the analysis and interpretation of the data collected through these instruments. I have loved working closely with these professors and seeing the curvy path project development can take.

Professionally, NU-PEL has provided a plethora of valuable and unique opportunities. While it can seem daunting to work on an evaluation as a relatively inexperienced student, NU-PEL has provided ample support to ensure I and all other members are adequately equipped to conduct our work. All project members come together once a month to share progress, ask for input, and expand our evaluation knowledge. These have been helpful for expanding my network, gaining a greater understanding of evaluation methods, and for the opportunity to soundboard project ideas. Dr. Laurie Dopkins has been an incredible resource both in and out of these meetings. She is always available to provide advice, a second opinion, and resource help for any and all project matters. Whether it’s giving a survey a second set of eyes or providing focus group activity resources, Dr. Dopkins makes sure all NU-PEL members are supported in their evaluation efforts. All in all, NU-PEL’s structure has expanded my network both in and out of Northeastern, given me a wealth of new knowledge and resources, and allowed for me to contribute to the development of two exciting evaluations.