Karen Peterman, Ph.D.
My name is Karen Peterman and I am an evaluator and researcher who studies both formal and informal STEM education programs. I own a small consulting firm, called Karen Peterman Consulting, Co. (KPC). Working with a team of staff and consultants, we collect data to help create and understand the impact of STEM projects. My favorites are those that are particularly tricky to study, like science festivals and citizen science projects. I received my Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology in 2002 and have applied my skills to the field of education ever since, first as part of a consulting company and then on my own. I started doing independent consulting work in 2007 and founded KPC in 2010, with a focus on STEM education. I split my time between providing external evaluation services for some and collaborating to publish educational research with others. A lot of my most recent work has focused on helping others build their own evaluation capacity.