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Dana McCurdy
Dana McCurdy
Manager, Learning and Evaluation team, Wikimedia Foundation
"You have to act as if it were radically possible to change the world. And you have to do it all the time." - Angela Davis

About me

I am a program evaluator, facilitator, strategist, and learner. I believe that data can be used to shift power dynamics in the world and make it a more equitable place. I joined the Learning and Evaluation team at the Wikimedia Foundation in 2017.

Prior to joining Wikimedia, I was the Program Evaluation Director at an education nonprofit focused on bringing equity and continuous improvement to public schools in the U.S. Before that, I worked as an evaluator at an HIV prevention training center where I provided workshops and technical assistance to the public health workforce on program planning and evaluation. Prior to my work as an evaluator, I designed curricula and taught health education to secondary and university students.

I have extensive experience with evaluation capacity building, equity-focused evaluation, survey design and analysis, qualitative data collection and analysis, data visualization, strategic planning, fostering strategic learning, and facilitation of data-based decision making. I have a BA in Race, Class, and Gender Studies from Occidental College and a Master of Public Health in Social and Behavioral Health Sciences from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa. I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai`i and have lived in California since 2007.

My work

I support the Community Engagement Department at the Wikimedia Foundation to measure and evaluate the effectiveness and impact of their programs in the Wikimedia Movement. I also facilitate workshops, provide consultation, and design materials that build knowledge, skill, and capacity in program evaluation for community members. Program evaluation offers a systematic way to design effective programs, monitor progress toward goals, and evaluate the changes we bring about in the world.

Disclaimer: I work for or provide services to the Wikimedia Foundation, and this is the account I try to use for edits or statements I make in that role. However, the Foundation does not vet all my activity, so edits, statements, or other contributions made by this account may not reflect the views of the Foundation.