HOW IT ALL STARTED...

It was during her community work, including as a support worker with a shelter for women and children experiencing homelessness as well as a transition house for women living with addictions, that Michelle saw the potential for bridging between community-based programming and research. During 10 years as a senior researcher with Indigenous Affairs Canada, conducting research on Canada's Indian Residential School system in support of the IRS Settlement Agreement, she fostered her passion for research, intent on improving programs through social science research.

 

With this in mind, she entered the Graduate Program in Evaluation at the University of Victoria, where her passion for evaluation blossomed. She was fortunate to learn from senior evaluators and mentors while working on a wide variety of evaluation projects, with a focus on the health and education sectors. During this time, she founded 

M.A. Naimi Consulting and has been conducting evaluations on programs across British Columbia.

 

Following her passion of engaging with the evaluation community, she joined the Executive Council

of the BC Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society and co-created the

Students and Emerging Evaluators' Network (SEEN) with her colleague (and dear friend) Carolyn Camman

 

She then entered the Master of Evaluation at the University of Melbourne to deepen her knowledge base of evaluation. During this time, she was a member of the winning team of the 2018 CES-CESEF Student Case Competition. 

 

After graduating, she took a position at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, conducting a large multi-year evaluation of BC's Violence Prevention Education program. Once the project was completed, she eagerly jumped back to evaluation consulting at M.A. Naimi Consulting and has been working with community and public sector organizations on a diverse range of program evaluations.

 

ABOUT MICHELLE A. NAIMI

Michelle is a BC-based evaluator, living and working primarily on the unceded traditional territories of the sɛmiˈɑːmoʊ (Semiahmoo) and sc̓əwaθən məsteyəx (Tsawwassen) First Nations.

She is passionate about evaluation and the ability it has to improve social programs and, by extension, the communities in which we live. She holds a Master of Evaluation from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Certificate in Program Evaluation from the University of Victoria, as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University. She also completed the Realist Evaluation Methodology Workshop at the University of Saskatchewan.

She is an active member of the BC Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society and sits on the Student Case Competition Organizing Committee. 

She lives in South Surrey, BC with her husband, son and rescue pup.