Sandra Ayoo

Educational Research Methodology (ERM) Department

Assistant Professor
Email: sjayoo@uncg.edu
Office: 246 SOE Building

Research Interest

  • Professionalization of evaluation
  • Evaluator professionalism
  • Evaluator competencies
  • Evaluator education
  • Meta-evaluation

Education

  • Ph.D., Evaluation Studies, University of Minnesota
  • M.A., Rural Development (Planning), University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
  • B.A., Social Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Licenses/Certifications

  • Licensed financial literacy trainer.

Biography

Dr. Ayoo is an evaluation teacher, researcher, and practitioner. Dr. Ayoo started her evaluation practice as an “accidental evaluator” nearly a decade ago, with a passion and scholarly interest in the professionalization of evaluation. He scholarship focuses on studying the behaviors of evaluators to assess their professionalism and on meta-evaluation to assess evaluations with the goal of promoting diversity and improving the quality of service through pre-service training and holistic education of evaluators premised on evaluator competencies, ethics, and program evaluation standards. She practices culturally responsive evaluation at the local and international levels at the intersection of access, equity, diversity, participation, human rights, public policy, and conflict resolution in the educational and human development programs. Prior to pursuing her doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Ayoo had an active career as an independent evaluator where she managed her consulting company and conducted over 65 program and policy evaluations in 35 African Countries. She has worked for public organizations including the University of Minnesota, USAID Uganda, the World Bank, and the UN agencies, and for non-profit organizations like Gender Links, Care International, Oxfam Great Britain, International Alert, and ACORD International. Dr. Ayoo is a recipient of the prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey fellowship through the State Department in 2011. During her fellowship year at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Ayoo studied policy design, implementation, and evaluation and interned with the World Bank’s Transitional and Reintegration Program for Ex-Combatants in Africa and the White House Project in Minneapolis. Currently, Dr. Ayoo teaches program evaluation and research methodology and serving as a member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) membership survey working group, having served previously as a member of the AEA competencies task force in 2016 to 2018. Dr. Ayoo occasionally contributes blogs for AEA365 Blog Posts for the Independent Consulting Group and the International and Cross-Cultural Evaluation Topical Interest Groups.

Link to Dr. Ayoo’s CV

Publications

King, J. A, & Ayoo, S. (2020). What Do We Know about Evaluator Education? A Review of Publications (1978-2018). Evaluation and Program Planning. Manuscript ID: EPP_2019_299.

Piescher, K., & Ayoo, S. (2019). Assessing the characteristics, knowledge-based competency, and preparation for child welfare work of Title IV-E child welfare scholars 2018. Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN.

Piescher, K., & Ayoo, S. (2018). Assessing the characteristics, knowledge-based competency, and preparation for child welfare work of Title IV-E child welfare scholars 2018. Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN.

Kandanga, M. J., El-Bushra, J., Aciro, K., Schuler, L., Ayoo, S. J., & Ncube, J. (2007). ‘A Lost Generation’: Young people and conflict in Africa. Nairobi: Ramco Printing Works.

Ayoo, S. J., Oloya, J. J., Anderson, G., & Ashcroft, G. (2000). Prevention of violent conflict and the coherence of EU Policies towards the Horn of Africa: A case study on the 1992-95 Post-conflict demobilisation and reintegration programme in Uganda. London, UK: Saferworld.

Ehrhart, C., & Ayoo, S. J. (2000). Conflict, insecurity and poverty in Uganda: Learning from the poor. Kampala: MFPED & Oxfam UK. UPPAP Briefing Paper, 4.