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.

Carlyn Orians , MA


Carlyn is passionate about working with clients to design and implement evaluations that improve practice and help them achieve their goals. Both visionary and pragmatic, she has a proven ability to simultaneously visualize the big picture and focus on what is most important to measure and track. Carlyn specializes in mixed method evaluations, combining qualitative and quantitative approaches to give clients the information they need about the effectiveness of their programs, partnerships, planning processes, and portfolio investments. Carlyn’s success comes from her commitment to quality and outcomes in everything she does.

Carlyn joined the ORS Impact team in 2014 and was promoted to Director of Evaluation in 2015. Carlyn has been leading and conducting evaluations for public and private clients for over 25 years. She has evaluated community-based planning initiatives, early learning initiatives, leadership training programs, and place-based initiatives focused on issues ranging from improving public health, to child outcomes and environmental preservation. She received her MA in Geography from the University of Washington in 1989 and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Evaluation from Claremont Graduate University in 2010.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Carlyn lives in the Phinney/Greenwood neighborhood with her husband Rick. She enjoys dancing, reading, weaving, and exploring Seattle’s neighborhoods on foot. A passionate traveler and learner of languages, Carlyn has lived abroad in Latin America and Europe. She also enjoys cooking and sharing local food and drink with friends and family, including her grown children Megan and Robert.

Sample Projects:

  • Evaluation Partner for the Alliance for Early Success
  • Evaluation of the Colorado Health Foundation’s HEAL Initiative
  • Evaluation Partner for the William K. Kellogg Foundation’s Community Leadership Network


  • Contribution Analysis in Policy Work: Assessing Advocacy’s Influence