The Goldstream Group’s small-team approach to program development and evaluation allows us to ensure that each project meets client expectations for quality and on-time delivery. Goldstream Group staff draw from a wealth of background experience that in addition to the various aspects of evaluation includes program planning and development, community development, coalition facilitation and development, statistics and statistical analysis, funding development, and the writing of grant proposals and professional reports.
Angela Larson OWNER AND PRINCIPAL
Angela Larson founded the Goldstream Group in 2003 where she oversees and conducts evaluation of educational, health and social service programs throughout Alaska. Drawing on 20 years of experience developing and evaluating programs, Angela specializes in collaborating with clients to clarify and measure their goals in an on-going process of continuous program improvement. With an eye for the big picture and connections between program development and evaluation, she brings expertise in survey development, conducting interviews and focus groups, statistical analysis of quantitative data, qualitative design and analysis, and integrating qualitative and quantitative evaluation results to tell compelling stories about program outcomes. Angela has extensive knowledge of federal grant requirements, and has overseen more than 50 multi-year evaluations since founding the Goldstream Group in 2003, leading projects for a variety of clients including Tanana Chiefs Conference, Yukon-Koyukuk School District, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska, Doyon Foundation, Galena City School District, Cook Inlet Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, South Peninsula Haven House, Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Yakutat Tlingit Tribe, and the Fairbanks Wellness Coalition. The results of her evaluation work have been published in the Journal of Astronomy and Earth Sciences Education and Visitor Studies. Prior to founding the Goldstream Group, Angela developed educational programs for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District and worked for the Fairbanks Native Association as the director of program planning and development. Angela holds a master’s degree in political science with a focus on public administration from the University of Montana and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Minnesota. Angela lives in Fairbanks with her husband and two daughters. In her free time she enjoys Alaska’s great outdoors and traveling internationally.
Jen Danielson EVALUATION CONSULTANT
Jen Danielson has been with the Goldstream Group since 2010 and brings extensive quantitative and statistical data analysis skills to the evaluation team, including the management of large data sets and sensitive client data. She brings a strong eye for the development of evaluation tools that produce meaningful results to meet the needs of our clients, and is experienced using tools such as Excel, SPSS, and Atlas.ti. Jen is responsible for developing data collection instruments, managing survey data collection, statistical analysis of data, and the management of data sets. During her tenure with the Goldstream Group Jen has worked on a variety of evaluation projects including Modern Blanket Toss, an educational program for Upward Bound Students; PolarTREC, a professional development program for teachers from around the U.S.; GK-12 CASE and Cyber-Alaska, science education programs that pair teachers and graduate students; STEAM, a science education program for middle-school girls; and ASDN’s Professional Development Needs Assessment and RTI Conference Evaluation. Results of the GK-12 CASE evaluation were recently published in the International Journal of Science Education. Prior to joining the Goldstream Group, Jen worked at the University of Alaska Fairbanks as a laboratory and research technician, including projects in areas of rural Alaska. Jen has a M.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Mount Holyoke College
Esther Hammerschlag SENIOR CONSULTANT
Esther Hammerschlag has been with the Goldstream Group since 2014. Esther brings an extensive background in program and coalition development to the team, including collaboration between Alaska Native and non-native systems, and is able to use this knowledge to help frame evaluation projects in a context to meet the needs of clients. Skilled in writing reports tailored to individual programs, communities and funders, Esther integrates the collection and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data sets to fit project goals and objectives. During her tenure with the Goldstream Group Esther has led the evaluation for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Success through Education and Cultural Connection, led several community needs assessments for clients including Tanana Chiefs Conference and the Fairbanks Wellness Coalition; and written numerous federally funded grant proposals for Goldstream Group clients. Prior to joining the Goldstream Group Esther led and facilitated several federally funded, community-based projects. She was the Project Director for the Homer Prevention Project in Homer, Alaska, leading a coalition-based project to reduce alcohol use in the community, and was the Network Director of the Prince of Wales Health Network in Craig, Alaska, where she facilitated the formation and development of a collaboration of the healthcare providers serving Prince of Wales Island. Esther has a M.A. degree in Rural Development from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a B.S. degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Washington.
Kelly Kealy EVALUATION CONSULTANT
Kelly Kealy joined the Goldstream Group in 2015. Kelly brings an extensive knowledge of qualitative data analysis to the evaluation team, with particular strength and experience in participant observation in educational contexts. Kelly has studied, evaluated, and sought to practice cultural responsivity as it relates to educational contexts in both her graduate work and now as a practicing evaluator. She is experienced working with and for Alaska Native stakeholders in Alaska’s Interior and Southwest regions, and with an MFA in writing and experience as a professional editor, also contributes strong editorial skills to Goldstream Group projects and reports. During her tenure with the Goldstream Group Kelly has overseen evaluation projects including the Haven House Prevention Project evaluation, Yukon-Koyukuk School District’s Virtual Careers and STEM-CTE Connect projects, Galena City School District’s Project Team, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Permafrost World Evaluation. In her role as Evaluation Consultant she has collected data through participant observation, student metric sites, surveys, interviews, stakeholder communications, document review, and other methods; and analyzed and synthesized data to draw out themes using a variety of relevant techniques. Prior to joining the Goldstream Group, Kelly completed her M.A. in Applied Linguistics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, honing her skills in has experience with projects related to Insider/Outsider positionality, language revitalization, education, and technology. Kelly also holds a MFA in poetry from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Mount Holyoke College.
Alex Prichard STATISTICAL CONSULTANT
Alex has worked as a biologist and statistician in Alaska for the last 20 years. During that time he has collected, managed, and analyzed a wide variety of data using numerous statistical techniques and published numerous peer-reviewed papers. Alex assists Goldstream Group on research design and statistical analysis. Alex holds M.S. degrees in Wildlife Biology and Statistics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a B.S. in Ecology from the University of Minnesota.