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Practice Matters: The Improving Philanthropy Project

Series Editors - Biographies

Patricia Patrizi

Patricia Patrizi, Principal, Patrizi Associates, is a consultant working with a broad range of nonprofit organizations and philanthropies in the areas of evaluation, strategic planning, and organizational learning. She directed the Practice Matters project, and chairs the Evaluation Roundtable, a group of evaluation and program executives at the nation's largest foundations dedicated to improving evaluation practices across philanthropy. Ms. Patrizi is an ongoing evaluator for the Fred Friendly Seminars, examining the effects of media projects on their audiences. Also, she has contributed to the design of systems of evaluation, accountability and organizational learning for the Edna McConnell Clark, William Penn, Nellie Mae Education, and Rockefeller Foundations.

Ms. Patrizi's recent projects include: evaluating the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Leadership Presenting Institutions Initiative; designing program strategy for the Carnegie Corporation of New York's program in Africa; evaluating the Open Society Institute's Public Health Network Programs in Eastern and Central Europe; evaluating three Robert Wood Johnson Foundation programs — Join Together, a national substance abuse prevention and treatment resource, CADCA: Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Asthma Initiative; and studying foundation practices in evaluation and organizational learning for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Previously, she served as Director of Evaluation at the Pew Charitable Trusts, and conducted health services research as a senior analyst at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics of the University of Pennsylvania and was a member of the faculty.

Ms. Patrizi holds degrees from Bryn Mawr College and the University of Pennsylvania. She is a research fellow at Harvard University. She is a member of the United Way Task Force on Impact; the advisory board to evaluate Child Care Matters, through Temple University's Center for Public Policy; and the advisory committee for the Aspen Institute Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program. She serves on the boards of several service and civic organizations.

Kay E. Sherwood

Ms. Sherwood is an independent management consultant and writer who has worked with large and small foundations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies to develop and assess programs and program strategies in the human services, translate research findings for non-research audiences, improve communications, and assess and enhance organizational effectiveness. Recently, she has researched and written two teaching cases of foundation evaluations for the foundation-funded Evaluation Roundtable and organized a conference of researchers and policymakers involved in child welfare and welfare reform, also preparing a website-published conference report. She co-authored "What's Behind the Impacts? Doing Implementation Research in the Context of Program Impact Studies," forthcoming in an edited volume on implementation analysis from the Urban Institute Press. Before starting her own business, Ms. Sherwood worked for 10 years at the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC) where she was Director of Special Projects, responsible for coordinating and providing technical assistance to public and nonprofit employment and social service organizations. Ms. Sherwood has worked for state and federal government agencies. She holds a Master's degree in education and a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Michigan.

Abby N. Spector

Abby Spector is a consultant with Patrizi Associates, and has served as project manager for the Practice Matters project. She is the co-editor of Caring for the Elderly: Reshaping Health Policy (Carl Eisdorfer and David Kessler, co-editors), a multi-author volume published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Previously, Ms. Spector served for ten years as director of planning for Philadelphia Geriatric Center, a nationally recognized nonprofit long-term care service, research, and training center. She holds a Master's degree in management of human services from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

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