Donna M. Mertens
United States
English, Spanish American sign language
Professor Emeritus Gallaudet University
Ph.D. Educational Psychology University of Kentucky, USA
M.S. Educational Psychology University of Kentucky, USA
B.A. in Psychology Thomas More College, USA
Donna is Professor Emeritus at Gallaudet University with a specialization in research and evaluation methodologies designed to support social transformation. She is an internationally recognized expert in evaluation using transformative mixed methods. During her almost 50 years as a leader in the evaluation community, she has advocated for inclusion of the voices of marginalized and vulnerable populations. She has authored, co-authored, or edited many books related to evaluation methods and human rights. She focuses on the intersection of research and evaluation with social, economic and environmental justice and human rights framed by the philosophical assumptions of the transformative paradigm.
Professional affiliations and distinctions Past President and Board member of the American Evaluation Association Editor of the Journal of Mixed Methods Research 2010- 2014 Founding board member of the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation Founding board member of the Mixed Methods International Research Association
49 years in advancing transformative approaches to evaluation to increase justice and equity
21 years in the international development evaluation community providing capacity development in over 90 countries
2017 Sumedang, Indonesia
2016 Guatemala City, Guatemala
1983 Washington D.C., USA
1975 USA
1973 Kentucky, USA
Visiting Professor and Research Fellow Social and Political Sciences Universitas Padjadjaran
Visiting Professor Department of Psychology Universidad del Valle
Professor Department of Education Gallaudet University
Coordinator of Evaluation Appalachian Community Service Network Appalachian Regional Commission
Coordinator of Research and Evaluation College of Medicine University of Kentucky