Jenny McCullough Cosgrove
Independent Evaluation Consultant
Inclusive & Individualized Approach
An inclusive perspective is key to designing, implementing, and understanding an evaluation. I approach evaluations with a social justice and empowerment lens. What this means is that all evaluations are designed to engage stakeholders from the beginning - ensuring voice and context are infused and understood throughout a project.
Jenny is amazing! I have worked with a handful of evaluators, and Jenny is head and shoulders above the rest. She cares deeply about our success, produces high-quality work ahead of deadlines, and builds a collaborative relationship between program and evaluation staff.
When we worked with Jenny, she participated in several of our program meetings, taking extra time out of her day just to be sure she had a good feel for the context of our program. Every time she came to one of these meetings, she offered valuable insight or research to aid our decision-making and planning. She provided a continuous feedback loop that supported our desire to constantly improve, including through a quarterly evaluation report that summarized our progress and provided opportunities for thoughtful reflection and anticipation of future challenges.
She ensured our common goals were always at the forefront, and took the time to ask what more she could do as our evaluator to help us reach those goals. She ensured that roles and responsibilities were agreed upon and always clear. And because she put in extra effort, always showed appreciation for our work, and got to know all our staff, she truly felt like a member of our team!
I am constantly looking for new projects to work on collaboratively with Jenny, and would recommend her without reservation!
- Marie Fordney, Director of Prevention Services, Child & Family Resources, AZ