Eva Maria Chavez

Research Associate

Eva is a skilled bilingual researcher with strong knowledge in community-based participatory action research and evaluation methodology. She has extensive experience developing qualitative and quantitative evaluation and assessment protocols, such as surveys, focus group interview guides, and performance rubrics. She has contributed to projects focused on a wide range of issues—from workforce development to high-impact education programs. She has over seven years of community-based development experience, which includes monitoring and evaluation, training and facilitation, research, program design, and management in South Korea, Spain, Kenya, and Mexico. Eva is fluent in Spanish and intermediate in Korean.

Before joining Harder+Company, she was a Research and Evaluation Manager at the Youth Policy Institute, where she implemented evaluation and assessment tools that supported the Promise Neighborhood and Early Head Start programs. She has also worked at the Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles, California and at DC Doors in Washington, DC. When she’s not at work, Eva enjoys boxing and producing her own podcast about culture, race, and comedy.

Education
  • Master of Arts, International Development focused on Monitoring & Evaluation, American University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Latino Studies, University of California, San Diego
Areas of Expertise
  • Education
  • Children, Youth + Families
  • Equity + Place
  • Housing + Community Development