Head of Strategic Learning and Evaluation
Ben Kerman, Ph.D., was Head of Strategic Learning and Evaluation at The Atlantic Philanthropies through March of 2017. Dr. Kerman was involved with the design and implementation of Atlantic’s final phase learning agenda. He was based in New York.
Dr. Kerman oversaw the plan to synthesize Atlantic’s rich and varied experience in order to inform substantive systems reform while also improving both the implementation of change strategies and philanthropic practice. In addition to meta-evaluation activities examining advocacy practice, capital grantmaking and Atlantic’s limited life strategy, he managed evaluations on a diverse set of initiatives, including community-based school improvement and school-based health services, immigration policy reform and efforts to enhance financial security for older Americans.
Prior to Atlantic, he had worked on program evaluation, program development and applied research at the Annie E. Casey Foundation since 1997. In addition to managing evaluation and grantmaking, his principal activities have focused on direct services, advocacy and system reform in child welfare, juvenile justice, education, health and mental health. Dr. Kerman is also a clinical psychologist specializing in adolescent and family work, and continues to serve on the adjunct faculty of the Yale Child Study Center.
He currently serves as Treasurer of the board for Let There Be Light, International, a nongovernment organisation working to facilitate off-grid solar electrification among impoverished residents, schools and health clinics in sub-Saharan East Africa. Recent board and committee work includes the American Evaluation Association, Foster Family-based Treatment Association, the Child Welfare League of America, the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, CT, and Young Audiences of Connecticut.