Leona Ba, EdD, is an organizational development and evaluation consultant with more than 18 years of experience in improving the performance and effectiveness of organizations, teams, and programs. Her work includes strategic planning, program design, evaluation and the development of feedback mechanisms between evaluation and organizational processes to facilitate organizational learning and adaptation. She has worked mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa, Haiti and North America designing and leading evaluations of programs of organizations such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States State Department, United Nations agencies, the World Cocoa Foundation, Plan International, and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). She has evaluated programs intervening in various areas including agriculture, emergency response, education, health, microenterprise development and natural resource management. Her extensive experience as an evaluation practitioner in a wide variety of cultural contexts developed her ability to integrate cultural responsiveness throughout her work.
Ba is an accomplished trainer in evaluation having taught a five-day Evaluation for USAID Program Managers course and a ten-day Evaluation for USAID Evaluation Specialists. She has also delivered three and five-day evaluation courses for staff of the U.S. Department of State. She has been teaching the Culture and Evaluation course at the Evaluators’ Institute since 2012.
Leona Ba holds a Doctorate in Human Resource Development/Organizational Development from the George Washington University, and a Master of Science in Agriculture from the University of Maryland. She is fluent in French.