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Leslie Goodyear, a nationally recognized expert in educational evaluation and president-elect of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), has led studies at the local, regional, and national levels. She has conducted evaluations and evaluation capacity-building in formal and informal educational settings, afterschool programs, youth civic engagement, HIV prevention, youth development, and human services programs, with a recent focus on STEM educational programs in informal settings.
Goodyear coordinates evaluation initiatives and leverages evaluation capacity across the Learning and Teaching Division. Currently, she serves as the Principal Investigator for multi-year evaluations of NSF’s Broadening Participation in Computing–Alliances Program and Illinois 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program. Recently, she conducted a landscape study for the Committee on Communicating Chemistry in Informal Settings that informed a 2016 report published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She is continuing to support the Committee by evaluating how target audiences access and use the report.
Previously, Goodyear led extensive program evaluations of the Adobe Youth Voices initiative and the Teen Science Café Network. She also provided evaluation technical assistance and research agenda development for NSF’s Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Learning Resource Center and contributed a chapter to the ITEST publication Preparing Tomorrow’s STEM Workforce.
In addition to serving a three-year term as the president of AEA, Goodyear is the associate editor of AEA’s American Journal of Evaluation. She has held several other offices for AEA, including board member (2007-2009), member and chair of the AEA Ethics Committee (2004-2006), and Ethics section editor for American Journal of Evaluation.
Goodyear was one of 13 national out-of-school-time experts chosen to serve on the National Research Council (NRC) Board on Education’s Committee on Successful Out-of-School STEM Learning. In this capacity, she authored the chapter "Program Evaluation" in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Out-of-School Learning (2017) and contributed to the 2015 NRC report Identifying and Supporting Productive STEM Programs in Out-of-School Settings. She is the editor of Qualitative Inquiry in Evaluation: From Theory to Practice (2014), author of the chapter “Building a Community of Evaluation Practice Within a Multisite Program,” and editor of a special issue on ethics in evaluation in Evaluation and Program Planning.
From 2009 to 2012, Goodyear was a Program Officer at the National Science Foundation, where she administered grants in the ITEST, Informal Science Education, Promoting Research and Innovation in Methodologies for Evaluation, and CAREER programs; supervised evaluation and research contracts; and developed directorate and division-level evaluation policy. (Read a blog post by Goodyear about strengthening PI/evaluator partnerships.) Before joining EDC, she was National Director for Evaluation for City Year, Managing Editor for The Evaluation Exchange, an evaluation contractor, and a fundraiser and frontline staff member for education and human services organizations.
Goodyear received a BS from Macalester College and MS and PhD degrees from Cornell University.