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

Co-owner, Lead 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 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
James Cottrell, MA

James Cottrell, MA

Co-owner, Organizational Development Specialist

(he/his)  James has worked in team and organizational development in corporate, non-profit and academic sectors since 1990. He designs and facilitates the integration of evaluation into whole systems change and strategic planning processes. The principle-based, whole system approach that James uses is grounded in his 30 years of experience as a direct, hands-on healthcare provider. James’ career has grown from roots in experiential education facilitation and leadership training at the University of Michigan, the National Outdoor Leadership School, Outward Bound Professional, Teams and Leaders, and other experiential education programs in the Northwest. James trained and worked in Real Time Strategic Change at DTA and Five Oceans in Ann Arbor, MI, and received a Masters in Applied Behavioral Science from the Leadership Institute of Seattle at Bastyr University. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Organizational Change
  • Participative Strategic Planning
  • Leadership Training and Development
  • Team Development
  • Stakeholder and Community Involvement
Prima Diamond, BS

Prima Diamond, BS

Evaluation Assistant

 (they/them) Prima provides quantitative and qualitative data analysis support and drafts portions of some evaluation reports. They conduct literature reviews and other background research, hold a Bachelor’s of Science in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, and have an extensive professional background in early childhood development and autism spectrum disorders. They developed and implemented a program evaluation for the College Link Program at California State East Bay on social and academic outcomes and student and family satisfaction. It was one of the first successful university programs on the west coast for facilitating success for adults with Autism attending university. This program evaluation was used as a model for other Universities developing similar programs at the time. Prima is currently analyzing program evaluation data for California State mental health prevention and early intervention programs.

Areas of Expertise

  • Research design
  • Data cleansing and quality management
  • Data integration
  • Statistical analysis

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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