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Over a decade of experience in education and the arts is highlighted by an increased focus in research and program evaluation. This work combines an analytic skill set with pragmatic applications to work collaboratively and positively impact lifelong teaching and learning. I have helped non-profit organizations, school districts, and foundations think strategically about their business, evaluate their programs, and measure constituent impact.

These services can help your organization:
meet accountability requirements to current funders
make data-driven decisions about program improvement and resource allocation
attract new funding streams

Silk Strategic Arts in Action (what this work looks like)

strategic planning
When arts education funding was at risk administrators were able to present their school board with a viable alternative based on the strategic plan we developed together.
program evaluation
A program evaluation of an orchestra’s in-school music residency program informed the staff that they needed to rebalance the number of music lessons taught by teaching artists versus the classroom teachers.
student assessment
A visual arts assessment of second graders in two school districts created a baseline for administrators, teachers, and funders to track improvement over the years as they invest more in teacher training, curriculum development, and instructional time.