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Michael Hannaman


I work at Informing Change because I believe in the power of relevant, compelling data—grounded in the voices of individuals and their communities—to help nonprofits and philanthropies make effective decisions. As an Associate, I work collaboratively with our partners and project teams throughout the research lifecycle: from articulating evaluation questions to designing data collection tools, conducting interviews, overseeing survey administration, and synthesizing qualitative and quantitative data into recommendations-oriented deliverables.

I am most energized by the process of meaning-making from the data and stories that we collect for our nonprofit and philanthropic partners. This work of making sense and telling stories is the confluence of my undergraduate studies in social sciences and graduate work in literature. What I do, however, is just as important as how I do it: by aiming to continually practice the growth mindset that we also encourage with our clients—curiosity, enthusiasm, and commitment to collaborative learning.

When not helping to move client projects forward, I can usually be found moving outdoors: I love to bike, run, and ski.

  • Complex systems change
  • Leadership development
  • Youth Development
  • Equitable approaches to evaluation
  • Policy Advocacy
Technical Specialties
  • Qualitative methods and analysis
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Survey, interview, and focus group design
  • Writing and communications
  • Theory of Change development
  • MA, University of California, Berkeley, Italian Studies
  • BA, Bowdoin College, Psychology

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