Peter combines the curiosity of a researcher with the pragmatism of a consultant. He has 10 years of experience in applied social science research, collaborating with organizations of all sizes in North America and beyond. He has played key roles in 25 evaluations in the health, education, social services, and environment sectors, and provided evaluation coaching services to several small Canadian non-profits.
Before joining the evaluation field, Peter was a cultural anthropologist and conducted long-term participatory research on climate change with indigenous communities in the Pacific Islands. This research led to many peer-reviewed articles, an academic book and a popular trade book. His training as a cultural anthropologist has taught him to listen carefully, analyze critically, and build rapport with research partners and clients from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Peter has a passion for making research relevant to people’s lives. He is a plain-writing fanatic and enjoys working with small non-profits to demystify evaluation and coaching them in using data to drive decisions.
- Evaluation in multicultural settings
- Mobilizing knowledge through clear writing
- Developmental evaluation
Areas of focus
- Environmental issues
- Evaluation with indigenous partners
- Small non-profits (often on a shoe-strong evaluation budget!)