I have always been fascinated by two related questions: How should people treat each other, and what conditions make us more likely to treat each other fairly?
The first question led me to work on social action committees, to study and teach about religious ethics in college and graduate school, and to write a book about how Americans should treat homeless people with dignity. The second question propelled me to study sociology, to serve in the federal government in evaluating government programs, and to help nonprofit organizations figure out how to become more effective in translating their good intentions into effective programs. My joint Ph.D. in religious ethics and sociology reflects my desire to bring these two interests together, and to help nonprofit organizations think through what they most value and how they can best put those values into practice.
I love teaching, and have been involved in teaching religious ethics and social theory at the university level, offering training courses on research methods to government employees, and providing workshops to nonprofit organizations on topics such as measuring outcomes, writing good survey questions, and project management. I worked for 16 years in the U.S. GAO (Government Accountability Office) helping staff to develop and conduct studies of government effectiveness and efficiency, and I oversaw a large group of specialists who ensured the high quality of such studies. I have consulted to many nonprofit organizations on how to improve and measure their effectiveness.
In all of these activities (teaching, consulting, writing), I believe I can be most effective by tailoring my assistance to the specific needs of each client group, and by offering my services for a reasonable price that is flexible and affordable to each organization. All training sessions include a free one-hour follow-up session of individualized consulting services to help apply the training to the specific organization.