Nora Murphy MA PhD Member

Nora Murphy is a founding member of TerraLuna and President of the Board. She has a broad set of experiences as an evaluator and researcher. She earned a Ph.D. in Evaluation Studies from the University of Minnesota, an MA in Research Methodology from the University of Pittsburgh and has her BA in Education from Earlham College. With strong quantitative and qualitative skills she has conducted evaluation and research in schools, school districts, local community organizations, national non-profits and government entities. Murphy also has previous experience as an educator, both as a high school math and science teacher in Washington DC and as the Director of Assessment and Evaluation for the Perspectives Charter Schools in Chicago, IL.

Nora’s primary approach to evaluation is to view programs and people as fundamentally interrelated, applying systems theory as a framework for evaluation planning, design, implementation, analysis, and reporting.  Her evaluations are also utilization-focused and she facilitates the evaluation process and design with careful consideration of how everything that is done will affect use. She was recently awarded The Michael Scriven Dissertation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Evaluation Theory, Method, or Practice. She feels incredibly lucky to have found her way to this amazing career.