Leslie Goodyear, PhD

Leslie Goodyear, PhD

AEA President, Principal Research Scientist

Leslie Goodyear is a nationally recognized expert in evaluation and 2018 president of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). She has been an active member of AEA for 23 years, serving in multiple volunteer roles, including as Ethics Section editor and associate editor of the American Journal of Evaluation, an AEA board member, chair of the AEA Ethics Committee and co-chair of the Qualitative Methods TIG.

In her evaluation work, Leslie has led studies at the local, regional, and national levels. She has conducted evaluations and evaluation capacity-building in formal and informal educational settings and afterschool programs, with a recent focus on programs that aim to make the STEM professions more diverse. In addition to being an evaluator, in her work as a program officer at the National Science Foundation, Leslie was also a user and commissioner of evaluations.

Her publications have focused on qualitative inquiry in evaluation, building communities of practice within multi-site evaluations, evaluation ethics, and evaluating out-of-school education programs.

Leslie holds a PhD in program evaluation and planning from Cornell University. She currently lives in Boston, MA, and works at Education Development Center.