Dr. Katherine E. Newcomer

Dr. Kathryn Newcomer is a Professor and Director of the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University where she teaches public and nonprofit program evaluation, research design, and applied statistics, and routinely conducts evaluations and training for federal and local government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Balancing Independence and Positive Engagement: How Inspectors General Work with Agencies and Congress

In the U.S. government, Inspectors General (IGs) are tasked by statute with important roles to promote government efficiency and effectiveness, including assessing and investigating fraud or waste, providing independent advice on agency performance and compliance, reporting to their host agency and Congress on their findings, and doing so in a way that maintains independence.

Director, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration and Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration, The Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration
The George Washington University
805 21st Street, NW, Suite 601
Washington, DC 20052
United States
(202) 994-3959

Dr. Kathryn Newcomer is a Professor and Director of the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University where she teaches public and nonprofit program evaluation, research design, and applied statistics, and routinely conducts evaluations and training for federal and local government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Dr. Newcomer has published five books, including The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation (4th edition forthcoming in 2015), and Transforming Public and Nonprofit Organizations: Stewardship for Leading Change (2008), a volume of New Directions for Public Program Evaluation, Using Performance Measurement to Improve Public and Nonprofit Programs (1997), and more than 40 peer-reviewed articles in journals including the American Journal of Evaluation and Public Administration Review.

Dr. Newcomer is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a former President of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). She has served on numerous National Research Council committees and received a Fulbright award in Taiwan (1993). Dr. Newcomer earned a BS in education and an MA in Political Science from the University of Kansas, and her PhD in political science from the University of Iowa.

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