Kathryn Newcomer is a professor at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University where she is also the Co-Director of the Midge Smith Center for Evaluation Effectiveness, home of The Evaluators’ Institute (TEI), and she is the Director of the Phd in Public Policy and Administration program, and Associate Director of the School. She teaches public and nonprofit, program evaluation, research design, and applied statistics. She routinely conducts research and training for federal and local government agencies and nonprofit organizations on performance measurement and program evaluation, and has designed and conducted evaluations for several U.S. federal agencies and dozens of nonprofit organizations.
Dr. Newcomer has published five books, Improving Government Performance (1989), The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation (1994, 2nd edition 2004), Meeting the Challenges of Performance-Oriented Government (2002) and Getting Results: A Guide for Federal Leaders and Managers (2005), Transformational Leadership: Leading Change in Public and Nonprofit Agencies, (June 2008), and a volume of New Directions for Public Program Evaluation, Using Performance Measurement to Improve Public and Nonprofit Programs (1997), and numerous articles in journals including the Public Administration Review. She was identified as one of the top 25 evaluation experts in the country in 2001 by the American Journal of Evaluation. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and currently serves on the Comptroller General’s Educators’ Advisory Panel. She served as President of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) for 2006-2007. She has received two Fulbright awards, one for Taiwan (1993) and one for Egypt (2001-04). She has lectured on performance measurement and public program evaluation in Ukraine, Brazil, Egypt, Taiwan, and the UK.
Dr. Newcomer earned a B.S. in education and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Kansas, and her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Iowa.