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Director of Evaluation

New Profit Inc.
2 Canal Park
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02141
United States

Company Description: New Profit is a national venture philanthropy fund designed to provide the necessary resources for social entrepreneurs to achieve their visions. We provide...   more
Background

Employment History

Education

  • Master's Degree , Linguistics
    University of Southern California
  • Bachelor's Degree , Anthropology
    The American University
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New Profit Inc. :: Team
www.newprofit.com, 21 Jan 2014 [cached]
Lance Potter Director of Evaluation
The Grantmaking School ...
posterous.com, 22 April 2011 [cached]
The Grantmaking School Welcomes Lance Potter as New Instructor
The Johnson Center welcomes an addition to The Grantmaking School, Lance Potter, as an instructor for The Grantmaking School's newest course on evaluation. Lance is a measurement and evaluation consultant with more than 20 years experience turning data into knowledge for health, education, and social programs. Currently, he is the director of evaluation for New Profit Inc.'s Social Innovation Fund and advises New Profit on evaluation for their other investment funds. He also works with other clients on evaluation strategy, research design, and knowledge application.
Before joining The Grantmaking School, Lance was a senior program officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he led measurement and evaluation efforts in two units, U.S. Program Advocacy and U.S. Education. His areas of special interest include conducting research in the areas of K-16 education, health communication and media campaigns, community service programs, service-learning, and youth/workforce programming.
Lance attended the University of Southern California (A.B.D, Linguistic Theory) and currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two sons.
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New Profit Inc. :: Lance Potter
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Lance Potter | READ BIO New Profit Inc. :: Lance Potter
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ABOUT NEW PROFIT > TEAM > Lance Potter
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Lance Potter Director of Evaluation As the Director of Evaluation for the Pathways Fund, Lance guides and supports organizations in their efforts to improve their programs, assess their impact, and increase the caliber of evidence for the effectiveness of social program investments. Lance is moved by the notion that attention to data and evidence can improve the effectiveness of social programs. Done right, the benefits of measurement can exceed the costs. He's trying to maximize the credibility and utility of measurement and evaluation while minimizing the burden and confusion.
Just before coming to New Profit, Lance had started his own consulting firm, but soon found New Profit absorbing all his time so he joined the team instead. Prior to that he was a Senior Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he led measurement and evaluation efforts in two units, US Program Advocacy and US Education. He also managed evaluations of a range of the Foundation's efforts in education, communications, and policy. Prior to Gates, Lance was Director of Health Communication Research at Westat, a social science research firm. There he led many evaluations of health promotion and disease prevention campaigns, including VERB. Before Westat, Lance was founding Director of Evaluation at the Corporation for National and Community Service. Lance built the Corporation's outcome monitoring efforts, infused measurement into program management, and initiated studies of the national service programs. Lance began his career developing education assessments and developing evaluation technical assistance materials.
Lance lives with his wife and two sons in Washington, D.C. If he wasn't busy changing the world with evaluation, he'd be cooking. Unless he had a lot of money, in which case he'd be traveling around the Mediterranean, eating.
About | The Potter Group
www.thepottergroup.net, 3 Nov 2013 [cached]
Lance Potter, Principal
You can download Lance's CV here.
Lance Potter has spent more than two decades improving the performance of health and education programs by providing them with responsive information captured through tailored measurement. Lance has worked with programs of all sizes, from those serving a single neighborhood to complex national interventions. In every case, he works closely with program managers to determine their strategic measurement goals, and then designs measurement and evaluation activities to meet their needs.
Prior to The Potter Group, Lance was a Senior Program Officer and evaluation lead in U.S. Program Advocacy at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he directed measurement activities for the foundation's policy and communications efforts in the United States. He also served in the foundation's Impact Planning and Improvement group, which set foundation-wide policy for measurement, learning, and evaluation.
Prior to The Gates Foundation, Lance was a Senior Study Director and Director of Health Communication Research at Westat, one of the nation's largest social science research organizations, where he directed numerous studies assessing the outcomes of health communications campaigns.
Lance was founding Director of Evaluation for the Corporation for National and Community Service, the community service agency that includes AmeriCorps. In helping to establish the agency, he developed evaluation policy, directed evaluations of dozens of federal community-service initiatives and led evaluation technical assistance efforts for thousands of non-profit grantees.
Earlier in his career, Lance developed graduation and teacher certification examinations and provided evaluation technical assistance to State Education Agencies while working with IOX Assessment Associates. At the Center for Applied Linguistics, he conducted research on the acquisition of reading skills and managed language preservation grants.
Lance holds a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from The American University and Master's Degree in Linguistics (ABD) from the University of Southern California. He lives with his wife and two children in Washington, DC.
Lance Potter, Senior ...
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Lance Potter, Senior Evaluation Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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Lance Potter Photo Lance Potter is the senior evaluation officer in U.S. Program Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is responsible for evaluation of the foundation's policy and communications efforts in the United States. Previously, he was senior study director and director of health communication research at Westat, a social science research organization, where he directed numerous studies assessing the outcomes of health communications campaigns. Prior to Westat, Lance was director of evaluation for the Corporation for National and Community Service, the community service agency that includes AmeriCorps. There he directed evaluations of federal community-service initiatives and led technical assistance efforts to enhance the evaluation capacity of non-profit organizations.
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