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Doug Easterling , Ph.D.
Professor



Division of Public Health Sciences
Wake Forest University Health Sciences

Administrative Contact: Jeannie Pfeiffer

Room Number: VINE, 3103
Medical Center Blvd.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157-1063

Telephone: 336-716-9213
Email: dveaster@wakehealth.edu

EDUCATION:
B.A., Carleton College, 1978 (Psychology and Mathematics).
M.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1983 (Quantitative Psychology).
Ph.D., Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1993 (Public Policy and Management).
 

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RESEARCH:
For over 25 years Doug Easterling has been focusing on the design, implementation and evaluation of the strategies that foundations use to improve health, reduce disparities and address the underlying social and economic determinants. As the Director of Research and Evaluation at The Colorado Trust (1992-1999), Doug managed the process through which the foundation’s community-based initiatives were evaluated. The outcomes and lessons from those initiatives are described in Promoting Health at the Community Level (Sage Publications, 2003), which he edited. Since joining Wake Forest School of Medicine in 2003, Doug has served as an evaluator, strategic advisor, learning coach and facilitator for more than 30 national, state, and local foundations, including the Clinton Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, The Colorado Health Foundation, the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, the Orton Family Foundation, and community foundations serving Winston-Salem (NC), Greensboro (NC), Western NC, Duluth-Superior (MN-WI), Wood County (WI). Doug’s research and evaluation projects have examined a variety of approaches to building the capacity of people, organizations, networks and communities. His publications have put forward ideas and tools to promote effective collaborative problem-solving, build social capital, develop adaptive leaders, and create a more inclusive and agentic community culture. The majority of the publications are geared toward foundations and the leadership role they can play in stimulating and supporting positive community change. He introduced the concept of “evocative grantmaking” in which program officers deliberately promote critical thinking, learning and adaptation on the part of grantees. In addition to developing and studying innovative philanthropic strategies, Doug has been a long-time contributor to the field of evaluation. He has developed methods and tools to evaluate complex multi-site initiatives, as well as processes for organizational learning and translating evaluation findings into strategy. He has championed the use of “developmental evaluation” within the context of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program.  

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