Robin Kane, MPA, is principal of RK Evaluation & Strategies, LLC. She has more than 25 years of experience in program planning, evaluation, policy advocacy, and strategic communications in the public service sector. She has been an independent planning and evaluation consultant since 2005.
Kane leads comprehensive process and outcome evaluation efforts with nonprofit, foundation, and public agency clients – developing theories of change, logic models, evaluation approaches, and reports tailored to audience needs. She also facilitates planning and strategy meetings, delivers in-person and online training, and conducts research for program learning and adaptation. She is experienced in using the Kirkpatrick Four-Level Model to evaluate training programs.
Kane has a special interest in planning and evaluation for long-term policy change efforts, working with foundations and advocacy groups to create meaningful ways to measure progress and success. In this work, she often applies the concepts of developmental evaluation, systems thinking and complexity, learning organization structures, and visible thinking.
Recent clients include the Democracy Fund, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Physicians for Human Rights, the Commonwealth Fund, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation (through the Center for Evaluation Innovation).
As a senior associate at the nonprofit evaluation consulting firm Innovation Network, Kane conducted evaluations and led training for the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Dyson Foundation, and Echoing Green Foundation, among others. Kane co-taught a graduate course in program evaluation methods as an adjunct professor in George Washington University’s School for Public Policy and Public Administration.
For more than a decade, Kane led and worked in communications and policy departments at national and regional advocacy organizations, including the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (now National LGBTQ Task Force), Consumers Union, Family Pride Coalition (now Family Equality Council), and TURN/The Utility Reform Network in California. She also served as a public relations consultant with Fenton Communications and Spitfire Strategies, and was a reporter at the Washington Blade.
Kane has a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in nonprofit management from George Washington University. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Service and international politics from the Pennsylvania State University. She lives in Washington, DC with her spouse and their daughter. She’s a novice (and enthusiastic!) dragon boat paddler.