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Family

Family

We make fun of each other.  It is what we do in life, to show our love, to show a familiarity.  It is how Irish Catholic families pass on their traditions of storytelling and guilt at the same time.  I love sparring with my brother Michael (who alternately works for ...

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Listening

Listening

Strategy... How to make things better? How to push on one lever to impact another? How to support and sing real praises? How to listen, really listen? How to let others speak first.... How to engage smart young people? How to speak from the heart... How to engage in real discussions on real topics that people care about? How ...

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Travel

Travel

Each time we embark on something new, we open our eyes in a different way. We notice elements of the experience differently. When you land in a new place, you have to take it in differently, for guideposts, markers, unique characteristics. Each time I land in ...

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Education

Education

For all those interested in education reform, most will concede we have failed MANY our youth by giving up on them, left them with a system designed for the industrial revolution, instruction with limited to no relevancy for today's world and often encourage youth to find a ...

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Heidi Gegax

Heidi Gegax is a skilled evaluator and program development consultant specializing in the fields of education and youth development. With a background as a public school teacher and a front-line youth development worker, Heidi brings both a nuanced understanding of programmatic needs and a mastery of best practices in evaluation to her work. Heidi thrives on the challenge of finding innovative ways to help nonprofit organizations gather the information they need to gauge their impact and inform strategic planning.

Over the past ten years, Heidi has evaluated the results of federal grants for the Science Museum of Minnesota, CommonBond Communities, and other organizations. Her research on behalf of Minneapolis Public Schools recently informed the district’s choice of a new literacy curriculum. Her evaluation and consultation has guided clients such as Neighborhood House and NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota in making key strategic program decisions.

Heidi holds a Masters in Education Policy and Administration, Evaluation Studies from the University of Minnesota. She received training in group facilitation methods through the Institute of Cultural Affairs, Technology of Participation and served as an Evaluation Fellow at the University of Minnesota. She regularly serves as a grant reviewer for community, state, and federal agencies. Heidi currently serves on the board of directors for the Gegax Family Foundation and the nonprofit organization Growth and Justice.