About Us

Julie Shattuck, Principal and Founder

Ms. Shattuck has served as an applied evaluation and research consultant for 22 years working in partnership with foundations, state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, and universities. Her expertise includes designing and managing comprehensive utilization-focused evaluation projects in collaboration with client organizations. Her consulting work includes evaluation planning, instrument design, data collection and analysis, as well as producing formative and summative evaluation reports focused on improving project design and strategy. She is passionate about producing user-friendly products and reports that contribute to program and organizational effectiveness and future policy agendas. Ms. Shattuck also provides site-based julie-shattuckevaluation technical assistance and training to assist organizations in internalizing evaluation as a management practice for organizational and programmatic improvement. She helped direct two multi-year National Science Foundation science curriculum development projects at Cornell University and UC Santa Cruz and worked with Aquirre International to provide evaluation planning and technical assistance to AmeriCorps projects across the United States. Ms. Shattuck holds a Certification in Evaluation and Organizational Development from the Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. She received her M.A. degree in Adult and Continuing Education from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Her thesis was a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the academic needs of Washington State University’s Agency for International Development (USAID) Participant Training Students from Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, and Sudan.  She has certifications in Human Participants Protection for Research Teams from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation and a Public Service Ethics Education Certificate from the Institute for Local Government. Other activities include:
• Member, American Evaluation Association
• Member, San Francisco Bay Area Evaluators and Applied Researchers
• Member, Leadership for Community Transformation (led by Dr. Monica Sharma former Director of Leadership & Capacity at the United Nations)
• Santa Cruz City Commissioner, Downtown Commission (2000-2010)
• Board Member, Kidpower International
• Graduate, Leadership Santa Cruz County
• Start Assistant, Big Sur International Marathon

Paul Nelson, Senior Researcher

Paul A. Nelson provides statistical consultation for SARE, and also helps with data collection and writing reports. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology using mixed methods at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Mr. Nelson has specialized training and ongoing experience in several methods and analytic techniques that emphasize ecological validity and account for the effects of context. He designed and collected data in a large quasi-experiment to test gender dynamics in conversations aimed at persuading women to participate in science and math fields. Recently, he developed special methods to collect “real-world” social support conversations between friends in more controlled lab environments. From a qualitative perspective, Mr. Nelson constructs coding manuals to reliably measure the behavior and meaning-making expressed in open-ended item responses, focus group interactions, and narratives of personal experience. These coding manuals are informed by thematic analysis and narrative analysis techniques that Mr. Nelson learned as an active member of the Narrative and Identity Research Group at UC Santa Cruz. With respect to quantitative analysis, Mr. Nelson has completed several courses in advanced statistical techniques, including Hierarchical Linear Regression, Logistical Regression, Confirmatory and Exploratory Factor Analysis, Path Analysis, and Structural Equation Modeling. Mr. Nelson recently attended the Annual Statistics Workshop at the University of Kansas to learn about advances in Multi-level Modeling. These techniques offer many advantages and are preferred for data organized in groups, such as participants paired in friendships and families, or patients paired with specific physicians or hospitals. Mr. Nelson is proficient in the analytic software packages of MPLUS, SAS, SPSS, LIWC, and ATLAS, and in the graphical software packages of Excel and Illustrator. He develops and presents analytic reports for SARE in graphical, statistical, and narrative forms.


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