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Adrienne Adams, Ph.D.

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Position

Co-Director; Associate Professor

Email

adamsadr@msu.edu

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Area of Interest

Participatory evaluation methods; evaluation in non-profit human service organizations; evaluation capacity building; evaluation use

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Dr. Adrienne Adams is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University. She holds a PhD in community psychology. Over the past 10 years, she has evaluated local, state, and national domestic violence and sexual assault victim service programs, including the Department of Defense Domestic Abuse Victim Advocacy Pilot Program. Dr. Adams is the Director of Evaluation for a large, urban non-profit organization that offers a wide array of supportive programs for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. She uses participatory evaluation methods to build evaluation capacity and foster organizational learning. For instance, she developed the "Expectations to Change" (E2C) process, a participatory method that provides evaluation stakeholders with the opportunity to engage with evaluation data, develop their own interpretations, generate recommendations, and plan tangible action steps for creating change within their organization. She also trains other evaluators to use the E2C process with their clients. She is a member of the Michigan Association for Evaluation and the American Evaluation Association, and has published in the American Journal of Evaluation. 

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Position

Co-Director; Associate Professor

Email

adamsadr@msu.edu

Social Media

Area of Interest

Participatory evaluation methods; evaluation in non-profit human service organizations; evaluation capacity building; evaluation use
   

Dr. Adrienne Adams is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University. She holds a PhD in community psychology. Over the past 10 years, she has evaluated local, state, and national domestic violence and sexual assault victim service programs, including the Department of Defense Domestic Abuse Victim Advocacy Pilot Program. Dr. Adams is the Director of Evaluation for a large, urban non-profit organization that offers a wide array of supportive programs for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. She uses participatory evaluation methods to build evaluation capacity and foster organizational learning. For instance, she developed the "Expectations to Change" (E2C) process, a participatory method that provides evaluation stakeholders with the opportunity to engage with evaluation data, develop their own interpretations, generate recommendations, and plan tangible action steps for creating change within their organization. She also trains other evaluators to use the E2C process with their clients. She is a member of the Michigan Association for Evaluation and the American Evaluation Association, and has published in the American Journal of Evaluation. 

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