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Abigail Sanders (She/her)

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Currently living in

Washington, District of Columbia, US

Work Preferences

Remote

Open to roles

InternshipShort Term ContractLong Term Employee

I am a culturally responsive program evaluator with a background in K-12 teaching, educational leadership, grassroots organizing, and public health program evaluation. I am passionate about supporting public health and non-profit organizations to establish data-centric, inclusive, equitable frameworks and systems of change that drive impact. I am enrolled at American University part-time in their M.S. in monitoring and evaluation program. I am also a certified DEI practitioner and enjoy combining DEI practices with my monitoring and evaluation skill sets.

Ideal Workplace Values

Diversity, equity, and inclusion / Collaborative


Skills and Strengths

My Neuro-exceptional talent

As an individual with ADHD working in program evaluation and research, I am a wonderful teacher and team coach who can breathe life into monitoring and evaluation projects. I enjoy providing technical support to non-profit and public health leadership. I also enjoy identifying contextual connections and understanding systems in a way that has allowed me in previous positions to ask better questions and significantly improve the design and impact of projects. My ability to be empathetic and vulnerable even in public speaking allows me to convey compelling stories - critical skills in storytelling and bringing data to life.

Top 5 Soft Skills

CollaborationWorking Under PressureStrategic ThinkingCritical ThinkingAttention to Detail

Inclusion Essentials

Accommodations

Screen reader technologyScreen magnificationSend questions in advanceInterviewer experienced with neurodiversityWritten interview instructionsFlexible scheduleUninterrupted work timeQuiet / individual workspacesJob coaching

Environments I'm comfortable with

Uniforms (hard hat, hair net, etc.)
Working with animals
Driving a vehicle
Working with food
Interaction with the public
Heavy lifting
Bright or blinking lights
Loud noises
Outdoors or places with strong smells
Standing for long periods
Variable temperatures

Because I am gregarious and can facilitate and teach, people tend to flock to my area - I typically work best partially from home, or in a quiet space when I need to switch gears to focus on data instead of people.

Experience

Check out my work

Working since Jan 2020

Board Member: Information Management Committee - Assemble

Assemble is a K-12 informal STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) learning organization with the mission of shifting the culture and perception of STEAM fields for K-12 students across Western Pennslyvania. Current work for this organization includes leading the Theory of Change Review, leading the annual staff training on data governance and data collection best practices, and managing the organization's Research Hub Literature review projects

Microsoft OfficeAirtableGoogle Analytics
Working since Jan 2020

Equity Focused ME&L Consultant - Self-Employed

Providing culturally responsive monitoring and evaluation services to K-12 education, public health, and non-profit organizations, including program theory of change and logic model development, data governance technical support, survey question and tool design, data collection, analysis, synthesis, and dissemination of findings

Worked for 5 months from Sep 2019 to Feb 2020

Manager of Program Evaluation - Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania

Led the monitoring and evaluation systems design efforts from a culturally responsive (CREE) lens. Co-designed and executed mixed-methods evaluations with key stakeholders and program participants to inform programmatic strategic planning and direction Provided project oversight and formative evaluation design for the organization's Teen Pregnancy Prevention grant; an intervention with an annual budget of $500,000 designed to address the sexual and reproductive health goals for 1,600 BIMPOC adolescents in Western Pennsylvania

Microsoft AccessQualtrics InsightQualitative AnalysisQuantitative AnalysisCritical ThinkingEmpatheticEffective communicatorVerbal skills
Worked for 5 months from Jan 2019 to Jun 2019

Facilitator - Behavioral and Community Health Sciences; University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

School of Public Health Survey Methodologies Course with The Evaluation Institute As the Community Partner and the facilitator for the 2019 Student Project: Surveying Food Bank Donors, I co-led students in a data collection cycle for the Food Bank, focusing on incorporating new persona research from a concurrent project into the design.

Worked for 1 years, 11 months from Oct 2017 to Sep 2019

Qualitative Research Coordinator - Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Led a team of seven social scientists (including evaluators, public health researchers, social workers, and data scientists) whose goal was to establish frameworks and systems of learning within the organization for data collection that would allow the Food Bank to best serve the communities needs. The team reported to the Vice President; Managed SDoH research and M&E projects for the Vice President during a 9-month leave of absence Managed the Young Adults (18-26) Advisory Council, coordinating and distributing the quarterly reports along with a resulting Community Voices Report; A 2-year qualitative study designed to identify barriers to, and solutions for food security and other intersecting SDoH in the region Designed, facilitated, and analyzed findings from more than 25+ focus groups, 50+ 1:1 interviews, and 15+ surveys, among other mixedmethods approaches to data collection. Tools utilized for project planning, data analysis, data synthesis, and data visualization included: Qualtrics, SurveyMonkey, SPSS, Dedoose, Google Suite, Microsoft Office 365 Suite, and Monday.com

Worked for 10 months from Dec 2016 to Oct 2017

Grassroots Organizer & Volunteer Coordinator - Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania

Coordinated the regional programs and events to recruit, train, engage and activate 1,000+ reproductive health volunteers and 15+ public health interns within a fast-paced environment. Mobilized effective and influential patient advocates tasked to advance equitable reproductive health considerations in local, state, and federal policies Cultivated an inclusive, high-performing culture of mission-focused work through empathetic, positive leadership and diverse growth opportunities for volunteers and interns; these included community-wide networking events, multi-day grassroots organizing retreats, on-demand learning modules, professional development support, and coaching and mentorship initiatives Established foundational data governance within the advocacy arm of the organization. Created and managed data-driven resources in various formats across multiple platforms designed to cultivate monitoring, evaluation, and learning practices aligned with local and national Planned Parenthood standards Project manager for the reproductive health advocacy initiatives, including the Regional Health Center Advocacy Programs, Advisory Councils, Action Committees, and Speakers Bureaus

Google Analytics
Worked for 5 years, 4 months from Dec 2010 to Mar 2016

Program Director & Faculty Member - The Waldorf School of Pittsburgh

Managed programs for Early Childhood and Out of School Time, Athletics, and Summer Camps, including all operational planning, budgets, staffing, and assessment. Supervised staff of 15+ educators Led a toddler class in addition to directorial duties, including providing support to the parent-child classes. Monitored and maintained compliance with organizational, licensing, and funding sources for programs Championed professional development opportunities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in education and child development

Education and Credentials

Attended for 3 years from 2022 to 2025

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace - University of South Florida Corporate Training and Professional Education

Certificate

Attending since 2020

American University

Master's degree - Monitoring and Evaluation

Attended for 4 years from 2006 to 2010

Chatham University

Bachelor's degree - Elementary Education