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Ijeoma Ezeofor

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Research and evaluation through the eyes of communities

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”—Martin Luther King

Ijeoma brings a wide range of public health and social service experience to her evaluation work with TCC Group’s partners. As a trained psychologist with expertise in social behavior and health communication, Ijeoma believes that understanding the people behind complex social problems is the first step toward solving them. She recognizes that collaboration and shared vision drive better outcomes for both individuals and the social sector at large. Ijeoma’s approach to research and evaluation draws on the same building blocks—empathy, curiosity, and humility—that characterized her previous experience as an individual and group therapist and her worldview overall. She sees the opportunity to partner with clients to better understand their work as a privilege and is continually excited to share new learnings and insights in service of strengthening clients’ impact.

Ijeoma’s past work—which has included program development and evaluation research in areas such as freedom of the press, reproductive justice, early childhood education, and public health—leverages her skills and knowledge in diversity and inclusion, social determinants of health, and mental and behavioral health. At TCC Group, Ijeoma’s contributions span a variety of social impact projects and issues including health, education, advocacy, and equity. Ijeoma dedicates time and effort to thinking about how organizations can improve people’s lives at a systemic level. With a keen understanding of theory and years of experience with a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methods, Ijeoma helps TCC’s partners observe, surface, and make meaning of the patterns and connections between their objectives and their ultimate desired impact. She sees her individual contributions as part of a broader effort to weave progress through the entire social fabric.

At TCC Group:
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action: Ijeoma helps to conduct a formative and outcomes evaluation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Campaign for Action, which mobilizes statewide coalitions to empower nurses with the skills and training they need to advance the health of Americans. The final phase of the Campaign evaluation work seeks to highlight key learnings for the Foundation and state coalitions as well as provide insights into ensuring the sustainability of Campaign activities.
  • William Penn Foundation: Ijeoma evaluates the impact of the Foundation’s Pre-K for PA Campaign, aimed at expanding access to pre-K education throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Ijeoma works as part of a team facilitating campaign learning as it continues to refine its legislative and mobilization work.
Before TCC Group:
  • Learning for Action (LFA): As an evaluator and researcher for the San Francisco-based consulting firm, Ijeoma partnered with nonprofit organizations, philanthropic groups, and government agencies to maximize impact. Working on an array of evaluation and strategic planning projects, she conducted informant interviews and focus groups, developed survey instruments, and managed data collection analysis for organizations including the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Ashoka, the City of San Francisco, and the Atlantic Philanthropies. Ijeoma also managed project budgets, performed literature reviews, and wrote reports and memos.
  • Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health: Ijeoma conducted a host of research responsibilities as part of a double-blind, randomized controlled trial for a grant-funded study assessing the effects of psychological well-being on physical health. This included recruiting and screening trial participants, administering the intervention, and following up with them over the course of their two-week involvement. Ijeoma also contributed to the development of the study manual to ensure fidelity to the research protocol.
Education:
  • Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
    • MPH, Public Health
  • University of Maryland, College Park
    • PhD, Counseling Psychology
  • New York University
    • MA, Psychology
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • SB, Biology
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