Marisa Allen, PhD

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About Me:

I am an Evaluation Project Manager on the PiER Center team. Prior to my current role, I served as the Director of Research and Evaluation at The Colorado Health Foundation and a Senior Evaluation Associate at a consulting firm working with non-profit and government organizations located across the United States. I completed my Masters in Social Work at the University of Chicago and her Doctorate in Social Welfare from Case Western Reserve University.

Evaluation & Research Experience:

I oversee a variety of evaluation projects and have worked in the evaluation field for over 15 years. I have led large-scale evaluation projects for a variety of organizations ranging from small community-based organizations to large foundations. My expertise includes designing useful evaluations with an emphasis on providing information that is actionable and utilized for program improvement. I have extensive experience designing mixed method evaluation approaches and helping build the evaluation capacity of the public health sector. I was the primary author of an evaluation report used as a best practice example by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I have trained other evaluators and public health leaders in innovative evaluation approaches including numerous presentations at the American Evaluation Association Conferences, Center for Effective Philanthropy, and other public health conferences.  I have provided evaluation expertise and consultation services to various leaders in the public health sector including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and other health care organizations.

How I Thrive: 

In my free time, I love hiking and camping in the Colorado and New Mexico mountains with my husband and son. I also love growing pumpkins in my garden and baking delicious pumpkin pies.