2018 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: DR. BEVERLY PARSONS


Beverly Parsons is President and Executive Director of InSites, a Colorado-based non-profit research, evaluation, and planning organization. InSites promotes sustainable, equitable, systems-based social and ecological change in the U.S. and internationally. Beverly’s work at InSites focuses on evaluation designs for multi-year, multi-site initiatives in education, health, social services, and environmental fields.

Beverly’s academic background has equipped her to apply systems-thinking and systems-theory to her work in evaluation design. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Colorado in Educational Research and Evaluation, a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin in Medical Technology, and certificates in Sustainable Business, Human Systems Dynamics, and Appreciative Inquiry Facilitation.

As president of the American Evaluation Association in 2014, Beverly focused on visionary evaluation for a sustainable, equitable future. She has worked with organizations such as the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Danforth Foundation, University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine, networks of school-university partnerships, National Science Foundation, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy. In addition to evaluations throughout the U.S., she has consulted and conducted evaluations in China, Japan, Europe, Brazil, Nepal, and South Africa.

Earlier in her career, Beverly worked at the Education Commission of the States (ECS), a Denver-based commission that collaborates with the nation’s governors, legislators and state education leaders on education policy and leadership. She led ECS’ systems redesign initiative (with the Coalition of Essential Schools) to update the underlying paradigm of teaching and learning undergirding the nation’s education system. In her early years at ECS she served as Director and Associate Director of the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Previously she served as Director of the Assessment and Measurement Program at Education Northwest (Portland, OR). She also worked and lived on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and held university adjunct teaching positions.

Beverly lives with her husband in Hansville, WA and enjoys hiking and organic gardening.

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