ACET is pleased to introduce our newest Graduate Research Assistant, Kirsten Anderson. Kirsten is a Master’s student in the Evaluation Studies Program at the University of Minnesota. She is a recent transplant to the Twin Cities by way of San Diego, California; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Cairo, Egypt; and Salt Lake City, Utah. In her free time Kirsten loves to hike, bike, read, write, explore new places, making things, and gardening.
Before moving to the Twin Cities, Kirsten worked on several evaluation projects for K-12 education and teacher education programs with an urban school district as well as working in the research department of a large health care organization. Since beginning her graduate studies, Kirsten has worked on evaluation and action research projects with community organizations in north Minneapolis as well as with departments within the University of Minnesota. Her research interests and evaluation style center on making evaluation accessible, inclusive, interesting, and empowering for the broader Twin Cities and global community. Her master’s thesis, along those lines, will focus on tracking evaluation capacity building at the Neighborhood House in St. Paul.