n.hood@apexeval.org | 505.798.6974

Role

I joined Apex in September 2016 as Senior Evaluator. As the lead evaluator for several projects, I blend content experience across multiple topics (public health, behavioral health, affordable housing, workforce development, intergenerational poverty) with appropriate evaluation-related skills from my toolbox (program design, quantitative and qualitative methods, statistics, results-based accountability, participatory evaluation, grant writing). My favorite part of my job is reflecting data back to programs and funders to help them celebrate successes and identify ways to get even better.

Background and Education

I first became interested in evaluation during an internship at a city health department 20 years ago – it made sense to me to see if we were spending public dollars well! After getting a master’s degree, I did applied research and evaluation projects for multiple universities and a small non-profit. In these settings, I observed how powerful knowledge of research methods and statistics could be. To gain this expertise, I got a doctoral degree in public health from Ohio State University in 2012.

After being fully immersed in research for several years, I intentionally took a position in a social service organization. For the next three years, I directed the Resident Services department at an innovative non-profit affordable housing company. This greatly enhanced my appreciation of the challenges of meaningfully integrating data and evaluation into direct service work. I have vowed to never forget that perspective in my role as evaluator.

I am so fortunate to live with my husband, dog, and cat in Corrales, New Mexico. I love nothing more than a weekend of camping in the middle of nowhere in our VW camper van. A personal goal is to play “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” on the banjo.