Haley Umans is a doctoral student in the Evaluation and Applied Research at Claremont Graduate University (CGU). She received her M.A. in the same program and her B.S. in Biology and Psychology from the University of Denver.

Since joining the CGU and YDEval family in 2017, Haley has had the privilege to collaborate on a number of evaluation projects. The evaluations have been conducted in a number of contexts, including outside of school time (OST), youth sports, K-12 education, higher education, and museum leadership. In addition to evaluations, Haley has contributed to research studies about evaluation, focusing on contextually sensitive practice, evaluator competencies, and evaluator training at the undergraduate level.

Beyond her work at CGU, Haley works with the Berger Institute at Claremont McKenna College and Growing Inland Achievement (GIA). At the Berger Institute, Haley has collaborated on grants to evaluate and develop co-curricular programming for college students to support wellbeing and teach skills related to responsible leadership. At GIA, which is a non-profit collective impact organization with the mission to enhance educational attainment and economic prosperity in the Inland Empire, Haley has supported the introduction and development of the evaluation of their activities and impact.

This work is driven by Haley’s passion to use evaluation as a means to support programs in making the greatest impact possible on their communities, particularly for youth. She strives to do this through collaborative relationships, an emphasis on learning, and a focus on producing useful evaluation findings.

When she’s not working, you might find Haley on a hike, roaming the local farmers market, visiting her family in Chicago, having a picnic with her friends, or searching for new recipes to try out.