Steven E. Mayer, Adjunct Faculty
Steven E. Mayer, Ph.D., has over 30 years of experience conducting studies of organizational effectiveness in the nonprofit arena. His projects and publications address the effectiveness of work done by foundations and nonprofit community organizations, focusing on a range of issues including philanthropy, social justice, organizational development and independent or third sector issues. He has helped pioneer the “lessons learned” and “best practices” styles of evaluation, as well as procedures for organizational self-assessment, demystifying the process of evaluation so that people can use it constructively.
Mayer holds a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Minnesota and is currently the founding chief executive of the Effective Communities Project. He has taught graduate courses in program development and evaluation, and done work for many of the country’s Top 25 foundations, for dozens of community foundations, and hundreds of nonprofits and community groups. Publications include Building Community Capacity: The Potential of Community Foundations; Successful Neighborhood Self-Help: Some Lessons Learned, and Community Philanthropy in Central and Eastern Europe.