Our Team

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Since 1998, Praxis Associates has conducted a wide range of evaluations including developmental, principle-focused, formative and summative. We build our clients’ evaluation capacity and facilitate integration of evaluation findings into plans and programs.

Our three core team members, evaluation assistant, and network of collaborators  provide a wide range of expertise and an integrative approach that is useful across multiple fields.

We Value

  • Contributing to the good of society by supporting our clients in making a better world
  • Understanding what works and why
  • Creating order out of chaos
  • Developing partnerships based on trust because we know that our best accomplishments come from honest relationships
  • Continually increasing our own learning in order to best serve our clients and the world
  • Building working relationships characterized by shared expectations and understanding
  • Working with generosity, respect, kindness, courtesy and supportiveness.
Yve Susskind, PhD

Yve Susskind, PhD

Owner, Lead Strategist & Evaluator

(she/her/they/them) For over 20 years, Yve has helped grow organizations using an integrative approach that blends evaluation, research, program design, organizational planning and community engagement. She has led the development and implementation of evaluation plans in a wide range of content areas, including journalism, environmental justice, behavioral health integration, community engagement, museums, early learning and parenting programs, and access and equity in the arts and education. Her style is to collaborate closely with clients so that learning agendas are responsive to evolving information needs. Yve holds a Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Planning, and a Master’s degree in Environmental Education, both from the University of Michigan.

Areas of Expertise

  • Developmental Evaluation 
  • Principles-focused evaluation
  • Qualitative and mixed-methods
  • Participatory, narrative and complexity-informed methods
  • Stakeholder involvement and community engagement
  • Collaborative meaning making
  • Evaluation capacity building
Jennifer D. Susskind, MCP

Jennifer D. Susskind, MCP

Lead Planner & Evaluator

(she/her/they/them) Jennifer has over 20 years of professional experience in evaluation, strategic planning, community organizing and social service delivery. She has led numerous program-level and system-level evaluations, population and organizational needs assessments, strategic planning initiatives and multi-agency resource development projects. Her subject matter expertise is multidisciplinary and broad-based, and includes behavioral health and public health systems, early childhood education and early intervention, environmental justice, and community, workforce and economic development. Jennifer has a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from University of California Berkeley and a BA in Environmental Studies from University of California Santa Cruz.

Areas of Expertise

  • Evaluation and planning of community-based, county and state social services
  • Formative and summative evaluation
  • Quantitative and mixed-methods
  • Stakeholder involvement and community engagement

As a member of the New Stories Core Team, Yve can access and bring on additional creative collaborators. New Stories is a collective of practitioners who help communities and organizations navigate rapids of change using story and other narrative and participatory techniques. The Core Team facilitates community engagement processes where participants prioritize, make sense and find meaning, measure and evaluate and take community-based action. Core Team members include designers, graphic facilitators, facilitators, and other system thinkers, including Yve, who brings principles-focused and developmental evaluation into the mix.

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