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Scott Chazdon


Evaluation and research specialist


Phone: 612-624-0982

454 Coffey Hall
1420 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108-6070


Communities where I work


Special Projects

  • Social capital assessment
  • Ripple Effects Mapping
  • Rural voice policy network analysis 
  • Integrative leadership in rapidly diversifying communities
  • Community readiness assessment


  • B.A., Urban Studies, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Denver, Denver, CO

Work Experience

Scott joined Extension in 2007 to develop new and strengthen existing performance management and evaluation efforts for Community Vitality's programs and initiatives. Scott brings experience in evaluation project management, grant writing, research, public policy analysis, database management, as well as community development and organizing. He has become a national leader in the use of Ripple Effect Mapping as an evaluation tool for exploring the impacts of community development programming, as well as in the development of community readiness assessment for long-term issue-based work in communities.

Before joining Extension, Scott spent 10 years with the Minnesota Department of Human Services where he designed, conducted and reported on the evaluation of programs, including the state's welfare reform programs. He has demonstrated experience in qualitative and quantitative methodology and analysis, in participatory evaluation strategies, and in conducting evaluation and research in diverse settings - from the squatter settlements of Arequipa, Peru, to the offices of community reinvestment officials at local banks. He can read and converse fluently in Spanish.

Affiliations, Honors and Community Service

  • Member: American Sociological Association, American Evaluation Association, Minnesota Evaluation Association, National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals
  • Service: Minnesota Evaluation Association; Sociologists of Minnesota

Selected Publications

  • Hansen Kollock, D., Flage, L., Chazdon, S., Paine, N., & Higgins, L. (2012). Ripple effect mapping: A "radiant" way to capture program impacts. Journal of Extension, 50(5).
  • Chazdon. S. & Paine, N. (2014). Evaluating for Public Value: Clarifying the Relationship Between Public Value and Program Evaluation. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension2(2).
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