Asma Ali, PhD
Founder and Principal Consultant,
AA & Associates, LLC
Dr. Ali’s work includes developing and implementing strategic evaluation plans to support evidence-based decision-making that advances organization and program goals. Employing qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods approaches, she specializes in culturally responsive, participatory, and utilization-focused measurement of learning, behavioral, and systems change. An AEA Graduate Education Diversity Initiative Alumna (2008-9), she has also served on AEA's Culturally Responsive Evaluation Committee, is a founder and co-Chair of the Health Professions Topical Interest Group, and served as Program Chair for the LaRed Topical Interest Group. She is a frequent invited speaker at national conferences on evaluation and measurement topics. Dr. Ali has also served as an adjunct professor teaching evaluation, design-based inquiry, and research methods courses.
Senior Technical Assistance and Training Associate, EDC
Sheila is currently the Senior Technical Assistance and Training Associate at Education Development Center (EDC) in Chicago, IL. She has extensive experience in evaluation and education research. She started her career, over 12 years ago, as a researcher and was given the opportunity to do some evaluation work, specifically in the afterschool realm and she fell in love with evaluation and has not looked back ever since. She continues to grow in her understanding and experience in evaluation work and the importance of evaluation in education. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education Studies from Brown University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Argosy University–Schaumburg. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
Rebecca Teasdale, PhD
Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Teasdale is an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at the University
of Illinois at Chicago. As an evaluation methodologist, she examines the
valuing process in evaluation: the activities of defining program success,
specifying evaluative criteria, and applying criteria to reach conclusions. This
work builds an empirically supported, descriptive theory of valuing and
develops methods for bringing participants’ and community members’ definitions
of success into the valuing process. Her evaluation practice focuses on
STEM education programs in libraries, museums, afterschool programs, and formal
educational settings, particularly programs that aim to foster equity in STEM
learning. She teaches graduate-level courses in evaluation and research
Research and Evaluation Director, Urban Initiatives
Linda (she/her) currently serves as Research and Evaluation Director at Urban Initiatives, a nonprofit organization that implements youth development programs in Chicago Public Schools. She is also a full-time student pursuing a PhD in Research Methodology at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Education. She strives to keep equitable evaluation practices at the center of her work, and is interested in developing strategies for making participation in evaluation as fun, equitable, and inclusive as possible for youth. Linda previously served as a Senior Analyst for the Government Accountability Office, where she evaluated federal health care programs and policies. She has master’s degrees in public health and public policy from the University of Michigan. In her spare time, she loves experimenting with new sourdough recipes, running, and anything involving the outdoors.