Focus areas: Evaluation (formative, summative, developmental, MEL, PMEL); children/youth development and education; gender equity and issues affecting girls/women; community-based initiatives; city and strategic planning

Dr. Julie Poncelet has been teaching the course “Program Evaluation for Non-Profits and Social Enterprises” at SIPA since 2012 and advised 12 EDP Workshops/Capstones. Dr. Poncelet has over 15 years of experience in evaluation and strategic planning work, both domestically and internationally, with a focus on children/youth and education, issues affecting women/girls and gender equity, and community-based development initiatives. She collaborates with small community-based organizations, foundations, and INGOs to build their capacity to support complex social change initiatives. Dr. Poncelet has conducted capacity-building workshops and highly participatory community meetings, planned clients’ monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) strategies based on Theory of Change methodology, and implemented mixed-methods data collection and analysis plans with a strong emphasis on culturally appropriate, participatory approaches. She has led or co-managed over 30 quasi-experimental or non-experimental, primarily mixed-method evaluations and worked or supported projects in over a dozen countries in Africa, Asia, CIS, and LAC. Her clients include the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Education Development Center (EDC), as well as many US-based foundations, International NGOs, and civil society groups. In 2010, Dr. Poncelet co-founded Action Evaluation Collaborative to support complex developmental and strategic learning evaluations globally. Dr. Poncelet has been a co-chair in the American Evaluation Association’s Youth Focused Evaluation Topical Interest Group (TIG) since 2015.

Dr. Poncelet has a MScPl from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in the Built Environment from the University of Washington.