Ama has worked in the field of evaluation for over 10 years, with focuses on public health, nutrition, health care systems, and early childhood education. She holds a Master’s of Science in Community Nutrition from Iowa State University and a Master’s in Organizational Development from Pepperdine University. Ama has worked as an internal evaluator, both at a state and local level. For the past 6 years, she has provided support to many non-profit and public-sector organizations as an evaluation and organizational development consultant.
Ama believes in taking a participatory and user-focused approach to evaluation. Those doing the work should be involved in telling the story. She also believes that the components of organizational development, research, and evaluation each play a pivotal role in the evaluation process. The role of evaluators varies widely, often dependent on factors such as the nature of the project, the evaluator’s own skillsets, etc. Ama sees an important role of an evaluator as that of a “facilitator of organizational inquiry”, helping organizations to infuse evaluative thinking into their everyday operations and think critically about data results and use them to inform program improvement.