Rebecca Kruse, Ph.D., is an Evaluator for the Evaluation and Assessment Capability section under the Office of the Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Rebecca leads the design, management, and use of analytic and evaluative studies to inform agency-wide programs, initiatives, and policies. Rebecca knows that even when evaluators take great care to deliver the right evidence at the right time in the right format to decision-makers, use is not guaranteed. So as a visual practitioner, Rebecca deploys human-centered design, strategic facilitation, and other co-creation approaches to support interdisciplinary and cross-functional teams in translating evidence into actionable insights and ultimately into decisions. Beyond NSF, Rebecca is an active member of federal evaluation and innovation communities and is a studio session coach for OPM LAB’s quarterly Design School.
Before joining NSF in 2014, Rebecca worked twelve years with a diverse range of organizations in public K-12 education, academic, and non-profit sectors with funding from NSF, the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of the Army. Her roles included directing research and evaluation that supported the creation, implementation, and refinement of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development initiatives. Rebecca holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (2002) with subsequent education and professional training in STEM education research, program and policy evaluation, business analytics, and multiple methodologies for process, team, and organizational improvement.