Director, Learning, Evaluation, Engagement
Deryn leads initiatives at NAS that increase effectiveness of programs overall, deepen participant learning and engage alumni throughout their careers. Her portfolio includes the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy, internal evaluation, and Exchange.
Deryn Dudley, Ph.D., has over 12 years of experience evaluating complex programs and initiatives, at the national, state, and local level. Deryn’s expertise is in research and evaluation of leadership development programs, community change initiatives, civic and community engagement programs, and education. She has managed the design and implementation of quantitative and qualitative data collection activities to evaluate multiple initiatives designed to shift thinking and attention, catalyze action, and coordinate players in an effort to drive systems change. Before joining the NAS team, Deryn worked as an independent evaluation consultant for non-profit organizations and foundations on program monitoring and evaluation, strategic planning and provided technical assistance to help build organizational capacity.
Before branching out on her own as an independent consultant, Deryn worked at Community Science where she led the evaluation of the Bush Foundation’s Change Network leadership program and Groundwork USA’s Green Team youth development program. Prior to joining Community Science, Deryn worked as a senior research analyst in the Research and Evaluation Unit at Special Service for Groups, a California nonprofit that is focused on community engagement and provides capacity-building and technical assistance services to community-based organizations, hospitals and clinics, and grantmakers.
Deryn received both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology and Program Evaluation from Claremont Graduate University and has published and presented her work related to leadership development, collective action, pro-social behaviors, and student engagement.