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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


Contact me for help with:

  • Evaluation of community development programs
  • Social capital assessment
  • Social network analysis
  • Ripple effect mapping
  • 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, and 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, participatory evaluation strategies, and 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

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