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Joelle Cook

Associate Director

Joelle brings an extensive background in evaluation and research to FSG, with a particular focus on evaluating complex advocacy and systems change efforts. Her experience has spanned many issue areas, including agriculture, global health, and U.S. education.

Role at FSG

As an associate director, Joelle works across all approach areas to provide clients data and perspective to inform decision-making. Joelle has led a number of strategic learning and evaluation projects, including a recent developmental evaluation of a systems change effort aimed at improving early childhood development and addiction & mental health services to families in a Canadian province. In addition, Joelle has supported an evaluation of a collective impact effort in thirteen U.S. sites aimed at increasing Latino student success and developed an organizational plan for a nonprofit in the library sector.

Before FSG

Prior to joining FSG, Joelle was an evaluation consultant at Organizational Research Services, where she honed her evaluation skills working on complex advocacy and systems change evaluations. While there, Joelle provided coaching and technical assistance to a number of clients, including a network of child advocacy groups. Joelle has conducted research on international agricultural policy, including co-authoring a series on the gender implications of improved cropping technologies. From 2006ā€“2008, Joelle served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo. During that time, she advised a Togolese NGO working to increase the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS.


  • The University of Washington, MPA, Evans School of Public Affairs
  • The University of Iowa, BS, Political Science and Statistics


  • American Evaluation Association, Member


  • English
  • French

On working at FSG

ā€œI joined FSG because it is an organization made up of people truly committed to making change happen. My colleagues at FSG are truly inspired, creative and driven people whose ideas have sparked countless movements and successes across the globe. Iā€™m inspired by the work we do each day helping clients and the field more generally think about how best to address emergent and complex social problems.ā€