Dr. Kathryn Newcomer

Director, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration and Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration
Address: Media and Public Affairs Building
805 21st St. NW
Washington, DC, 20052
Phone: 202-994-3959
Fax: 202-994-6792

Areas of Expertise

  • Program Evaluation 
  • Research methods
  • Applied statistics



Kathryn Newcomer is the Director of the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University where she teaches public and nonprofit, program evaluation, research design, and applied statistics. She is a non-residential Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, and an elected member of the Board of Directors of the American Evaluation Association,. She routinely conducts research and training for federal and local government agencies and nonprofit organizations on performance measurement and program evaluation, and has designed and conducted evaluations for several U.S. federal agencies and dozens of nonprofit organizations.

Dr. Newcomer has published five books, Improving Government Performance (1989), The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation (1994, 2nd edition 2004, 3rd edition 2010), Meeting the Challenges of Performance-Oriented Government (2002), Getting Results: A Guide for Federal Leaders and Managers (2005), Transformational Leadership: Leading Change in Public and Nonprofit Agencies (2008), a volume of New Directions for Public Program Evaluation, Using Performance Measurement to Improve Public and Nonprofit Programs (1997), and numerous articles in journals including the Public Administration Review.

Dr. Newcomer is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and currently serves on the Comptroller General’s Educators’ Advisory Panel. She served as President of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) for 2006-2007 and as a member of the board for the American Evaluation Association from 2012-2015. She has received two Fulbright awards, one for Taiwan (1993) and one for Egypt (2001-04). She received the Elmer Staats Award for Achievements in Government Accountability, awarded by the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration in 2008. She has lectured on performance measurement and public program evaluation in Ukraine, Brazil, Italy, Costa Rica, Egypt, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, Israel, Poland, Colombia, Nicaragua, and the UK.

Current Research

  • Public and nonprofit performance measurement and evaluation
  • The role of the U.S. Federal Offices of Inspector General


PhD, Political Science, University of Iowa
MA, Political Science, University of Kansas
BS, Education, University of Kansas


National Academy of Public Administration Fellow

Member of the Board for the American Evaluation Association

Brookings Institute Fellow

Classes Taught

PPPA 6016  Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation
PPPA 8101  Research Methods

In Her Own Words...