Published September 2, 2014 by the National Association For The Practice of Anthropology
Through engaging snapshots of her work in formative program evaluation, Monica S. Hunter reveals a commitment to innovative solutions and a systematic approach. Hunter defines and translates the interests and input of stakeholders in various realms of life to implement and improve programs with a goal of long-term sustainability.
“I am currently the Director of Research at the PAST Foundation based in Columbus, Ohio. I began working with PAST on a consulting basis in 2007, conducting case study analysis of K-12 education reform involving implementation of integrated science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and transdisciplinary problem based learning (TPBL).
In 2010 PAST initiated the Knowledge Capture Program, giving me the opportunity to lead the development of a new program offering both formative (internal) program evaluation and summative (external) evaluation to support successful implementation of STEM/TPBL education. In my work I have engaged in program evaluation with a range of clients, including schools in urban, suburban and rural communities, various community organizations, and have conducted evaluation of broad stakeholder involvement in regional and statewide planning initiatives designed to support K-16 policy and program implementation of STEM education. Over the course of the last seven years, I have worked with projects conducted in over 20 states with hundreds of educators, as well as those engaged in policy planning and implementation of education reform.