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Srikanth "Srik" Gopalakrishnan



 
Director
srik.gopalakrishnan@fsg.org
@Srik

Overview

Srik has over 12 years of experience in the public and private sectors, including extensive experience in program evaluation, measurement and learning, specifically in the K-12 education sector. 

Role at FSG

As a director in FSG’s Strategic Evaluation approach area, Srik is part of the firm’s Leadership Group. Srik's role includes supporting and advancing FSG’s thought leadership in Strategic Learning and Evaluation, as well as contributing to other impact areas. He is currently involved in a range of projects, including developmental evaluation and shared measurement, as well as leading FSG’s intellectual capital around "next generation evaluation."

Before FSG

Srik is a trained facilitator and has worked with multiple stakeholders to build organizational capacity to use data and metrics to plan, implement and evaluate interventions. He has led developmental, formative and summative evaluations, as well as projects around organizational design, strategic planning and leadership development. Prior to joining FSG, Srik worked in the education field for nine years, most recently serving as Chief Impact and Learning Officer at New Teacher Center, a national nonprofit with a mission to accelerate teacher effectiveness. In this role, Srik worked to set up frameworks for impact measurement as well as systems and processes for data-driven learning and organizational improvement. Prior to New Teacher Center, Srik worked on supporting whole systems change in public education as Director of Evaluation for the Ball Foundation. Prior to working in education, Srik’s experiences range from manufacturing operations to strategic business consulting, allowing him to bring a unique perspective to the field of social change.

Education

  • University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, MBA
  • Claremont Graduate University, Certification in Advanced Evaluation Study
  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering

Languages

  • Spanish
  • Tamil
  • Hindi

On Working at FSG

"If there is one thing I’ve learned working in the social sector, it’s that systems are complex and change is hard. Having the right answer is often only a small part of the ultimate 'solution.' What drew me to FSG was the ability to recognize and act on this notion through an adaptive consulting approach combined with a drive to create knowledge that benefits the field. I have admired FSG’s ability to 'make the tacit explicit' and consequently foster powerful movements, whether it be around collective impact, catalytic philanthropy, shared value, or strategic evaluation. As an engineer turned social change-maker, I completely resonate with FSG’s mix of analytical might combined with a passion for real social change."

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