Thought Partners for
Social Innovators

The ORS Impact team has earned a global reputation for leadership, insight and innovation. We work collaboratively with our clients, bringing our distinctive expertise in planning, measurement and evaluation to their most vexing challenges.

Anne Gienapp , MPA

Director


Anne thrives when helping clients to develop and implement measurement, evaluation and learning practice that addresses their most pressing questions, and supports advancement of goals and meaningful communication about their work. Anne has deep experience in evaluation of complex initiatives and has led numerous evaluation efforts that encompass advocacy, policy, systems and sector change. Anne is experienced in a wide range of evaluation approaches, including traditional retrospective approaches as well as prospective and developmental approaches that feature opportunities to reflect on data as it becomes available and apply insights to decision-making. She excels at creating innovative evaluation designs that match to purpose and deliver rich and robust data. Anne consistently aims to maximize the utility of data, and as a skilled facilitator Anne seamlessly weaves evaluation and learning to ensure relevance and actionability. 

Anne has over 20 years of evaluation experience; she joined ORS in 1999, after working with the Washington Institute where she coordinated a statewide evaluation of teen pregnancy prevention programs which informed state policy response. Anne earned a Master of Public Administration degree from The Evergreen State College, and served as a Washington State Governor’s Intern 1993-94.

Anne currently serves on the board of Children’s Alliance, an organization that advocates for policy and practice that benefits all of Washington’s children. In her free time, she loves to experiment in the kitchen, explore the nooks and crannies Seattle, or escape into a great novel or movie. She can also be found cheering on one of her daughters on the sidelines of a soccer game or a regatta.  

Sample Projects:

  • Advocacy and Communications Capacity Review, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Policy Advocacy team 
  • Evaluation of the Sustainable Seafood Movement, supported by the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation
  • Evaluation of the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Nuclear Security Initiative 
  • Evaluation partner to Humanity United  

Publications:

  • Guide to Measuring Advocacy and Policy Change
  • I2L2: A Formula for Change 
  • Unique Methods in Multi-Stakeholder Advocacy Evaluation
  • Legacy of a Philanthropic Exit:  Lessons from Evaluation of the Hewlett Foundation’s Nuclear Security Initiative