Evaluation Team

Cari Patterson, Director of Research and Evaluation

Cari helps us reflect on our work and think about what we are learning, so we can intentionally adapt our approach and offer our best to communities. Her educational background is in community psychology, which focuses on working with communities for social change. Her passion for community development began with her love of community and her deep respect for the journeys communities share in their efforts to make their worlds healthy and strong. The heart of her formal training began in Nova Scotia, and has continued through a few decades of community development work in Saskatchewan, Ontario, Alberta, and Nova Scotia.

Cari has a strong respect for the diverse perspectives people bring to the table, and an ability to validate and work with differing interests and needs. Cari is a Credentialed Evaluator with the Canadian Evaluation Society, and former Secretary General of the International Association for Community Development. In 2015 she was awarded Acadia University Department of Community Development’s inaugural Community Leadership Award.

Matthew Cooper

Matthew has had a passion for equality, equity and social justice from an early age and is proud to contribute to the Inspiring Communities team as an Evaluator. With a bachelor degree in English and History and a masters degree in Public History Matthew spent most of his working life teaching away from home. More recently Matthew finished an MBA in Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship from Memorial University of Newfoundland, which included an internship with Choices For Youth where he contributed to a report on how Covid-19 is and will affect youth of Newfoundland and Labrador. His current passion is poverty reduction. Matthew volunteers with local groups including the St. John’s Tool Library board of directors as vice-chair, the Beard and Moustache Club as a Merby and volunteer, and as a member of the NewfoundLUG.

Matthew is working from NFLD and providing evaluation support for a youth employment project with Choices for Youth.

Miranda Cobb

Miranda supports evaluation and learning for Inspiring Communities as a whole, WeavEast and Between the Bridges. She works closely with the teams to create a culture of reflection and adaptation through developmental evaluation and process facilitation. Miranda brings curiosity and a sense of exploration to her goal of amplifying innovation in complex systems change work. She has 15 years of experience in research, evaluation and community development including a Master’s in Political Economy and a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation and Systems Thinking. After journeying to many parts of the world, Miranda feels most at home here in Nova Scotia and is dedicated to collective efforts that help it shine even brighter!

Nancy Carter

Nancy is a strategist, system thinker and Credentialed Evaluator experienced in leading diverse teams in the design, implementation and evaluation of programs and initiatives aimed at addressing complex problems. She brings to the team wide-ranging experience in developing strategic learning and evaluation systems for government and not-for-profit NGO’s across diverse sectors including innovation, health, academia, social/ community services, justice and labour. Nancy also brings expertise in application of evaluation theory to practice (and vice versa!), applied research methods, and the use of evidence to inform decision-making. She is a passionate instructor and mentor who thrives on the exchange of ideas and insights that occur through shared learning and collaborative problem solving.

Nancy will be working on a project IC is co-leading with ARAISA, to develop capacity for social innovation in immigrant-serving agencies’ staff.

I enjoy Inspiring Communities’ collaborative approach to working together.

If I could instantly become an expert in something in would be… All things technology related!