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Katrina L. Bledsoe has almost 20 years of experience conducting research and evaluation at the local and federal levels. She leads evaluations of initiatives focused on curriculum development in the sciences and social sciences, community learning centers, teacher professional development, and mental health issues such as suicide prevention. Her expertise is working in community-based settings, using theory-driven evaluation, democratic, transformative/inclusive, and empowerment evaluation approaches, and using mixed methodologies.
Bledsoe publishes articles in such periodicals as the American Journal of Evaluation ("The Use of Multiple Evaluation Approaches in Program Evaluation") and Families in Societies: The Journal of Contemporary Social Science. Recently, she 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 appeared in the edited volumes Evaluation in Action: Interviews with Expert Evaluators, the Handbook of Mixed Methods Research, the Handbook of Ethics for Research in the Social Sciences, and When Research Studies Go Off the Rails: Solutions and Prevention Strategies and will appear in the forthcoming volumes of Qualitative Inquiry in the Practice of Evaluation, Continuing the Journey to Reposition Culture and Cultural Context in Evaluation Theory and Practice, and in a special issue volume of the journal New Directions in Evaluation focusing on validity and argument.
Bledsoe was elected by the membership of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) to serve a three-year term (2009–2012) on its Executive Board of Directors. She was the chair of AEA’s Program Theory and Theory-Driven Evaluation Topical Interest Group (2002–2007) and the chair of AEA’s Diversity Committee (2004–2007) and remains active in these groups.She currently is a technical advisor to the AEA cultural competence statement dissemination workgroup
Before joining EDC, she was Project Director of the nationwide evaluation of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program (CMHI) and served as Principal Investigator of multiple evaluations of education, parent education, and health interventions. Bledsoe received a BA from the University of California-Santa Cruz, an MA from San Francisco State University, and a PhD from Claremont Graduate University.