Donna Podems

Donna  Podems
  • Assistant Professor
  • Affiliated Faculty
  • Program Evaluation



Donna Podems is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) and currently lives in South Africa, where she has lived for the past 20 years. When she is not doing school runs, she is running a small evaluation consultancy based in Cape Town. Dr. Podems is currently a research fellow at the University of Johannesburg and holds a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies focused on Program Evaluation and Organizational Development, and a Masters degree in Public Administration. She has worked with a range of clients, including governments, civil society, nongovernmental groups,international donors, and foundations in Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia. She has experience conducting implementation, outcome and impact evaluations and developing M&E frameworks with and for projects in gender, women’s empowerment, HIV/AIDS, TB, health systems, youth interventions, education, capacity building, human rights, law and housing, environment, trade and investment, and community needs. She is an experienced facilitator and trainer, both in strategic planning and M&E. Dr. Podems is a current Board Member for AEA and a past Board Member for SAMEA.