Susan Trickett, Senior Impact Consultant is a researcher, evaluator and data specialist with over 15 years of experience conducting applied evaluation and research studies in K-12 and higher education, government, and human service organizations. Her expertise includes qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods approaches. While at Denver Public Schools, she served as Director of Innovation Research for the Imaginarium, the school system’s innovation lab. She oversaw a large-scale evaluation of the district’s Personalized Learning initiative as well as smaller-scale evaluations of innovations designed to promote equity and close the achievement gap. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Cognitive Psychology, focusing on Learning Science, an M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Instructional Technology, both from George Mason University and a B.A., M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford (UK).
Now, it’s time to hear from Susan.
Q: What’s your favorite quote/mantra?
“I watch what I do to see what I really believe” —Sister Helen Prejean
Q: Who would you most like to swap places with for the day?
I’m a huge fan of Judy Woodruff (PBS Newshour); she gets to meet and interview some amazing leaders and hear multiple points of view about the same issue. I think it would be fascinating to sit in her seat for a day. Of course, I’m assuming I would also have access to her poise and intellect…
Q: What are your top 3 favorite podcasts/books/blogs to follow?
- Shankar Vedantam’s Hidden Brain (Podcast). As a cognitive psychologist, I find the way people think and behave an endless source of fascination. I love the way that this podcast often highlights the difference between what we know and what we think we know, and how Shankar Vedantam makes research accessible to all of us by translating it into everyday language.
- Diving In, by Virginia Seymour and Louise Jones (Podcast). A friend just recommended this to me and I’ve become hooked. Virginia and Louise are best friends who share books, movies, TV series—and more—that they’ve enjoyed
- Deborah Byrd’s EarthSky (Website / Newsletter). It’s not exactly a blog, but I love the daily email updates about all things astronomical that land in my email inbox. It’s worth it just for the photos and images, but this is another site promoting “a clear voice for science”.
Q: What is something people in your industry/niche have to deal with that you want to fix?
I often hear people shy away from evaluation (thinking that it’s negative) and data (thinking that it’s too abstract to be useful). I think people are naturally curious, and so I love to help them see that evaluation is about answering their questions and wonderings. And as a former English major, I would like more people to start viewing data as a means of story-telling in order to understand the answers to their questions more fully.
Q: What are your hobbies?
Not in any particular order, I spend my free time outside as much as I can — skiing, hiking, gardening, and just walking with my very naughty black lab mix, Maggie. Indoors, I love to read and cook. I’m a persistent but rather a poor knitter, and I’m also just learning how to weave.
Q: Tell us something we don’t know about you.
I grew up in London in a large family with five sisters. We’ve scattered around the world, and so I now have family in the UK, the US, Brazil, China, Germany, and Greece. The large number of time zones makes our weekly Zoom calls a bit of a challenge to schedule!
Thank you, Susan, for letting us pick your brain and get to know you better. Be on the lookout for our other ResultsLab teammate features in the upcoming months, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.