Portrait of Tarek Azzam
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  • Degrees
    PhD, Social Research Methodology, UCLA
    BA, Psychology and Economics, UC Santa Barbara
  • Research Interests
    Social research and methodologies, Policy and program evaluations, Data visualization and evaluation

Tarek Azzam is an associate professor at the Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University. Azzam’s research focuses on developing new methods suited for real-world evaluations. These methods attempt to address some of the logistical, political, and technical challenges that evaluators commonly face in practice. His work aims to improve the rigor and credibility of evaluations and increase its potential impact on programs and policies.

Azzam has also been involved in multiple projects that have included the evaluation of student retention programs at the K–12 and university level, Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) education programs, pregnancy prevention programs, children’s health programs, and international development efforts for the Rockefeller and Packard Foundations. Azzam is the co-founder of and former program chair of the Research on Evaluation Topical Interest Group, and member of American Evaluation Associations’ recruitment committee. He was also the former program chair of the Theories of Evaluation TIG and served as chair of AEA’s awards committee.

Co-authored with Elena Harman. “Crowdsourcing in Quantifying Transcripts: An Exploratory Study.” Evaluation and program planning, 54 (2016): 63–73 .

Co-authored with Miriam R. Jacobson. “Reflections on Future of Research on Evaluation.” New Directions for Evaluation 148 (2015): 103–116.

Co-authored with Chris L. S. Coryn, et al. “Does Research on Evaluation Matter? Findings from a Survey of American Evaluation Association Members and Prominent Evaluation Theorists and Scholars.” American Journal of Evaluation (2015).

Co-authored with Bret Levine. “Politics in Evaluation: Politically Responsive Evaluation in High Stakes Environments.” Evaluation and Program Planning 53 (2015): 44–56.

Co-authored with Bret Levine. “Negotiating Truth, Beauty, and Justice: A Politically Responsive Approach.” New Directions for Evaluation 142 (2014): 57–70.

Co-authored with Stephanie Evergreen, et al. “Data Visualization and Evaluation.” New Directions for Evaluation 139 (2013): 7–32.

Comparative Evaluation Theory
Foundations of Evaluation
Evaluation Procedures
Directed Research: Evaluation & Applied Methods
Mixed Methods
Field Placement