Katrina Bledsoe brings extensive experience as an evaluator of programs at the local, state, and federal government levels. Bledsoe leads evaluations of initiatives focused on curriculum development in the sciences and social sciences, teacher professional development, and mental health issues such as suicide prevention. Her expertise is in community-based education and social services program evaluation, mixed methodology and methods, research innovation, applied social psychology, and cultural contexts.
Bledsoe provides technical assistance to grantees under the National Science Foundation (NSF) INCLUDES program, which is working to identify and scale up proven, innovative ideas to create access to science and engineering for groups traditionally underrepresented in those fields. Additionally, she is a member of the team evaluating NSF’s Broadening Participation in Computing-Alliances Program, as well as a Project Lead for the REL Northeast & Islands.
Previously, Bledsoe has served as principal investigator, co-principal investigator, or project director on a variety of projects, including including leading a study exploring parental engagement in the North Corridor community of Charlotte, North Carolina; serving as an evaluation scientist for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center; and leading an evaluative qualitative outcome study focused on technology tools for teachers and students in India, using EDC’s Interactive Radio Initiative Program.
Bledsoe is the author of chapters, articles, and blog posts focusing on evaluation practice, mixed methodology and evaluation, and cultural responsiveness in evaluation, social psychology, and other topics. She has published articles in the American Journal of Evaluation ("The Use of Multiple Evaluation Approaches in Program Evaluation") and Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Science and co-authored the chapter “Decolonizing Evaluation in a Developing World: Implications and Cautions for Equity-Focused Evaluations” in Evaluation for Equitable Development Results. Her work has also been published in New Directions in Evaluation, Families in Society, and in numerous edited volumes including, among others, Qualitative Inquiry in the Practice of Evaluation, the International Handbook of Urban Education, the Handbook of Mixed Methods Research, and the Handbook of Ethics for Research in the Social Sciences.
Bledsoe is the 2013 winner of the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation Topical Interest Group’s Scholar Award and the 2006 winner of the Eastern Evaluation Research Society’s Invited Author Award. She is an active member of AEA, where she has served on the Board of Directors and held other leadership positions, including her current role on the Evaluation Policy Task Force. She sits on the editorial board for the Journal of Multi-Disciplinary Evaluation and is a peer reviewer for both the American Journal of Evaluation and the Journal of Evaluation and Program Planning as well as the journal, Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy. Bledsoe is also a member of the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for the Study of Psychological Issues.
Before re-joining EDC, Bledsoe served as a founding member and senior research director at ThinkShift, an initiative of the DeBruce Foundation. She received a BA from the University of California-Santa Cruz, an MA from San Francisco State University, and a PhD from Claremont Graduate University.