Dr. Devarati Syam has been working as a research evaluator and an adult education practitioner in CUCD for the last 14 years. She has extensive experience evaluating educational programs from both a quantitative as well as qualitative perspective with a strong adult education emphasis. She has taught graduate classes on program evaluation. Although her area of focus is program evaluation and evaluation capacity building, her primary interest is to develop learning environments in urban settings that facilitate adult learning and development in different contexts. She has experience working with public school teachers focusing on multiple projects related to teacher training programs. She has conducted action research classes with teacher groups in several local schools. These action research classes are designed within a professional learning community framework. She has also facilitated collaborative dialogue between day school members and community partners in the context of implementing after school programs.
Ms. Syam is currently engaged with multiple projects. As the principal evaluator for a statewide evaluation of the federal Gear Up program, she works with seven Wisconsin Educational Opportunities Offices (WEOP) to facilitate a participatory self assessment strategy for the stakeholders to monitor their own effectiveness. She is also the principal evaluator for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Gear Up program. The Eau Claire program works primarily with Native American students in both public and tribal schools in central Wisconsin. Ms. Syam has been evaluating the Milwaukee Public School's 21st Century Community Learning Centers at 52 schools for the last 10 years. Another of her current projects is facilitating and building academic community partnership under Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Project that brings multiple program partners together to build a partnership that focuses on academic and health goals for teen girls.