I love talking with other evaluators about their career paths – why they first entered the program evaluation field, their most rewarding projects, their most challenging projects, and what keeps them here. Sometimes we play the “If I wasn’t an evaluator, I’d be a ________” game.

If I personally wasn’t an evaluator, I’d probably be:

  • A data analyst. I’d play on Excel and SPSS and SAS all day long.
  • A strategic planner.
  • A grantwriter.
  • An author, probably of non-fiction books.
  • A teacher.
  • A conference planner. I do this part-time for the Eastern Evaluation Research Society right now and it’s wonderful.

Evaluation is a great field because I already get to use skills from all these professions in my everyday work.

If you weren’t an evaluator, what would you do instead?

– Ann Emery