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Kathleen Toms



  • Evaluator 


Founder and Executive Director of Research Works, Inc., a private not-for-profit company specializing in providing service oriented evaluation, program development and technical assistance in related areas to the public sector. She has more than twenty years' experience designing, executing and reporting on national, regional, state and local evaluations. Prior experience includes teaching students from secondary school through adults in Zambia, Swaziland and the United Kingdom; school principal in Malaysia; and serving as the executive officer on a road construction unit in Malawi. Dr. Toms has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in evaluation conferred by the University at Albany, SUNY, and a Master of Philosophy conferred by the Faculty of Education at the University of Manchester in the UK. 


Mixed method, theory based evaluation. 


with David Turner and Amanda Wolf, "Emerging Ethical Perspectives in Evaluation" in Handbook of Research Ethics, Donna Mertens and Pauline Ginsberg (eds.) Sage Publishers, 2008.