Michael Harnar

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Dr. Harnar is a founding board member of Social Value US. He is an assistant professor of interdisciplinary evaluation. He studies how humans interact with one another and with the world in which we live, especially when it comes to evaluating. His current research interests include studying how evaluators assure quality in their work, improving how evaluators are educated at the graduate level, and describing how evaluation is used by commissioners. Outside of his faculty role, he is an evaluation consultant with more than 16 years of experience supporting complex initiatives with an emphasis on visioning, outcomes definition, and measurement. Dr. Harnar has worked on a variety of transportation related evaluation projects and in 2011 an evaluation he co-authored for the Federal Railroad Administration won the American Evaluation Association’s Best Evaluation award. As an assistant professor, he teaches evaluation-focused courses in an evaluation interdisciplinary doctoral program and advises students on their research and evaluation dissertations. He is collaborative, with highly tuned interpersonal and relationship-building skills, and has the ability to work fluidly across all organizational levels. He founded Pointed Arrows Consulting, as a Veteran Owned Small Business, to support his independent evaluation work. Dr. Harnar served 12 years on active duty in the U.S. Navy, including a tour of duty as a combat photographer, and 13 years as a Naval Reservist, retiring in 2008 as a Public Affairs Officer with the rank of Lieutenant.

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