What is GBEN?

The Greater Boston Evaluation Network (GBEN) is a collective of evaluators and other professionals doing evaluation-related work in and around the Greater Boston, Massachusetts, region. We are an official local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association. 

We have members who represent disciplines including K-12 Education, Public Health, Social and Economic Policy, and Government and Public Sector Services. We are a strong mix of nonprofit professionals, internal and external evaluators, self-employed evaluation consultants, researchers, and university students. Our members have experience ranging from "just getting started" to over 20 years in the field!

Each year, GBEN hosts regular "Roundtable" meetings to share best practices, resources, and problems of practice in a range of evaluation and data topics. GBEN also hosts quarterly social events and is looking to expand programming to include more events to meet the needs of members. 

Executive Committee

Danelle Marable, President

Danelle Marable is the Director for Evaluation at the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Community Health Improvement (MGH CCHI). In her role, she works with all initiatives supported by the Center to assess needs, research best practices for serving vulnerable populations, and evaluates new and existing health initiatives for quality improvement, sustainability, development, and impact. She also directs the Community Health Needs Assessment for the hospital. Danelle received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Central Florida and her M.A. in Applied Social Research from West Virginia University.

Matan BenYishay, Vice President

Matan BenYishay is the Program Evaluation Manager at AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, a division of Fenway Health. In this role, he oversees data management, data analysis, and evaluation activities for AAC. Having previously worked with organizations working to end homelessness, Matan attempts to bring an equity lens to his work whenever possible. He has a B.A. in Sociology and Government from Wesleyan University and a Master's of Public Policy from the Brandeis University Heller School for Social Policy and Management, with a concentration in poverty alleviation.

Elizabeth Brown, Clerk

Elizabeth W. Brown is an independent evaluation consultant who has evaluated public health programs for nearly 20 years. Working primarily with the public sector, Elizabeth’s work has spanned multiple content areas, including youth development, school-based health, homelessness prevention, and, most recently, culturally and linguistically appropriate health services. Elizabeth is skilled in participatory evaluation using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and is experienced in developing program monitoring systems. She earned her B.A. in Third World Studies from William Smith College, her M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Health, and is currently completing a Master’s in Public Administration from UMass Boston.

Eileen Marra, Treasurer

Eileen was promoted to Hearth’s Senior Management team in 2015 leading projects in performance measurement, quality assurance, and change management. Previously, as Senior Outreach Case Manager, she led Hearth’s team of housing advocates in refining their housing strategy, improving data organization, as well as initiatives to increase and nurture team collaboration and productivity. Eileen began serving older adults in 2008 on the stroke unit of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey and after a handful of years in direct-service, Eileen has found her niche in helping to improve programs through evaluation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and social work from Rutgers University, and a master’s degree from Boston University School of Social Work with a Lowy-GEM Certificate in Gerontological Social Work.

Bryan Hall, Communications Chair

Bryan Hall is the Director for Evaluation at BELL, a national non-profit organization headquartered in Boston that delivers evidence-based out-of-school time programming to children in grades pre-Kindergarten to 8th grade living in under-resourced communities. In his role, he directs and manages all internal and external assessment and program evaluation activities across the organization. Bryan received his B.A. in Political Science from Siena College and a M.S. in Applied Nutrition and Social Science Food Policy from Tufts University.

Annie Summers, Membership Chair

Annie Summers is the Associate Director of Learning and Evaluation at St. Francis House.  In her current role,Annie creates, implements and oversees all evaluation efforts across programs and services.  Annie specializes in building intuitive systems that link programmatic design, technology and evaluation.  Annie strives to promote learning in her organization and believes that data and information are central to improving the lives of vulnerable and underserved populations.  Annie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College. 

Kelly Washburn, Program Co-Chair

Kelly Washburn is Project Manager at the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Community Health Improvement (MGH CCHI). In her role, she manages research, evaluation, and needs assessment projects focused on multi-sector community coalitions. Acting as an internal evaluator, she employs a participatory, utilization-focused approach with her partners to determine the best methods needed to ensure they have the data they need to make lasting changes. Kelly received her B.S. in Health Sciences from the University of Central Florida and her Master’s of Public Health from Northeastern University.

Min Ma, Program Co-Chair and DEI Co-Chair

Min Ma is the principal of MXM Consulting, an evaluation and research firm that specializes in design, strategy, and evaluation for social impact. Min works in the US and abroad, specializing in migration and human trafficking issues. She also works in education, youth development, employment, and community health. Min loves nerding out with her peers on data technology and design. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Haverford College and an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. 

Greater Boston Evaluation Network is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

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