Banyai Evaluation & Consulting, LLC

About me

Principal - Cindy Banyai, Ph.D.

I want to put your organization on the road to achieving both your long and short-term goals.

collaborative approach and focus on strategic planning and evaluation ensures that your organization has a solid approach with an eye on results. Let me put my 14 years of experience in evaluation practice and research to work for your organization. 


I have worked in the field of community development since 2000, including 2 years with Michigan State University Community Outreach and 11 years as a development consultant (clients such as JICA, IREX, Southwest Florida Community Foundation, the FutureMakers Coalition, Pennies for Community Progress, Hendry County). I received my Master’s and Ph.D. from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan where my research focused on community development, leadership, public administration, evaluation, and governance. My works have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Rural Society and Community Development. I also edited and contributed to the books The Public Administration Handbook of Japan and Global Movements of the Asia Pacific. My first solo book, Community Capacity and Development - New Approaches to Governance and Evaluation, was published in 2011. I am Vice President of Programs for the Community Development Society and am the current editor of their monthly magazine, Vanguard.  I am also an active member of the American Evaluation Association and its Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation group.

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