Senior MEL Specialist
Kimberly Norris, Senior MEL Specialist, is highly skilled in evaluation, learning, and facilitated strategic planning. Kim has more than 20 years’ experience collaboratively leading evaluations and building evaluation and learning capacity in Africa, Europe, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. Norris applies whole systems evaluation and adaptive management skills to lead deeply integrated mixed methods baseline assessments, developmental evaluations, and performance and impact evaluations. She brings organizational capacity strengthening skills that support more collaboratively oriented monitoring, evaluation, and learning systems. She has applied evidence-informed and values-based Appreciative Inquiry and participatory approaches to evaluations across sectors, including agriculture, food security, child nutrition, education, environmental adaptation and ecological monitoring, governance and corruption, and human rights. This includes multiple recent evaluations addressing anti-human trafficking efforts in Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. Her work has served USDA, USAID, the Department of State, and the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the MacArthur Foundation and Margaret A Cargill Philanthropies. She joined EnCompass after working for several years at the U.S. Peace Corps headquarters and in eSwatini.
Dr. Norris is the current Co-chair of the American Evaluation Association Systems in Evaluation Topical Interest Group (SETIG). In 2007, she received a commendation on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives for directing food and nutrition education programs across Vermont and bolstering Farm to School programs nationally. In 2014, she received an award from then U.S. Peace Corps Director, Carrie Hessler-Radelet, for collaboratively designing an evaluation and learning system across Peace Corps offices. Kim holds a PhD in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University. She received her Master's degree in Education and Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Conservation and Management from the University of Florida.