Amy Puca, MS, MA

Senior Evaluator

Amy Puca has been doing research and evaluation work in education, psychology, and related fields for over 15 years. In addition to research and evaluation, she worked in the front lines of education for over 10 years as a tutor and New York City Public School teacher. Currently, Amy is the lead evaluator on various educational grants, including 21st Century Learning Center, Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps), My Brother’s Keeper Family and Community Engagement Program, and Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration Grants. Amy also has evaluation experience with: Youth Risk Behavior Survey, school district attendance analysis, community needs assessment, logic modeling, journey mapping, data consultation, database creation, and evaluation capacity building.

Essentially, Amy enjoys everything about evaluation. What’s not to love? Grateful to have found a career that merges her two career passions (education and social sciences), she believes in the ability of programs to improve the lives of children. She appreciates the opportunity to work with project staff to provide children with the best possible program experience and work with her colleagues to provide top-notch evaluation services. Amy continually enhances her evaluation skills through participation in American Evaluation Association activities, training at The Evaluators’ Institute, and reading relevant literature. She also serves on the Buffalo Public Schools Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth Committee.


Professional Membership(s)

American Evaluation Association  Eastern Evaluation Research Society

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Education

• MA Psychology in Education: Clinical Psychology: Teachers College at Columbia University
• MS Secondary Mathematics Education: The City College of New York
• BS Honors Psychology: Wayne State University

Project Experience

  • 21st Century Community Learning Center
  • Classroom Observations
  • Community Needs Assessment
  • Community Schools Grant Initiative
  • Comprehensive Abstinence Education Grant Program
  • Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps)
  • Data Consultation/Database Creation
  • Department of Defense Education Activity Educational Partnership Program
  • Department of Health and Human Services: Sexual Risk Avoidance Education, Comprehensive Abstinence Education
  • Elementary and Secondary School Counseling
  • Extended School Day/School Violence Prevention
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Grant
  • Journey Mapping
  • Logic Modeling
  • Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration Grant
  • Math and Science Partnership Program
  • My Brother’s Keeper Family and Community Engagement Program
  • National Science Foundation: Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program
  • Needs Assessment
  • Program Development Grant to Prepare Students with Disabilities to Exit School with Work Readiness Skills
  • School District Attendance Analysis
  • School District Discipline Analysis
  • School District Performance Improvement
  • Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Conferences

• American Evaluation Association Annual Conference, 2018
• American Evaluation Association Annual Conference, 2016
• National PBIS Leadership Forum, 2015
• American Evaluation Association Annual Conference, 2015
• Eastern Evaluation Research Society Annual Conference, 2015
• American Evaluation Association Annual Conference, 2014
• American Evaluation Association Annual Conference, 2013
• 21st Century Community Learning Centers State Conference, 2013

Formal Training

• AEA: Evaluating PK-12 Professional Learning Communities: An Improvement Science Perspective, 2018
• AEA: Using Evidence to Scale Up Community-Based Solutions that Work: A Federal Agency’s Framework and Approach, 2018
• The Evaluator’s Institute: Evaluating Training Programs: Frameworks and Fundamentals, 2018
• AEA: Beyond Capacity Building-Utilizing Evaluation for Organizational Success, 2015
• AEA: Meaningful Evaluation in the Context of Schools, 2015
• PBIS: Using TFI Fidelity Data & School Climate Data to Build PBIS Implementation Plans, 2015
• National Center for School Engagement-Evaluating Your Truancy Reduction Program, 2014
• AEA: Nonparametric Statistics, 2014
• AEA: Classroom Observation and Participatory Evaluation, 2014
• AEA: Using Extended Program Models (EPM) and Expanded Logic Models (ELM) to Integrate Complex Systems and Program Theories in Teacher Professional Development Evaluation, 2014
• 21st Century Community Learning Centers State Conference, 2013
• AEA: Working with Programs to Develop Effective Systems for Collecting Implementation Data, 2013
• AEA: Visualizing Process: How to Create a Stakeholder-friendly Graphic Timeline of Process Data, 2013
• Bullying in Your Community Training: Policies, Prevention, and Intervention, Pace Women’s Justice Center in conjunction with Tri-County Training Collaborative, 2012
• The Evaluator’s Institute: Applied Measurement for Evaluation, 2012

Certifications

  • Mental Health First Aid USA Certificate, 2020
  • HIPAA Security and Privacy Training, 2019
  • NYS Education Department Fingerprinting
  • New York State 5-12 Secondary Mathematics Teacher Certification, 2007
  • College of Reading and Learning Association Level One Certification, 2003
  • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) IRB Certification for Human Research Protection Education
  • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) IRB Certification for HIPAA in Research
  • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) IRB Certification for Data Security in Research
  • National Institute of Health (NIH) IRB Certification for Protection of Human Research Participants
  • Green Security, LLC Clearance

Publications/Presentations

Puca, A. (2018, October). Conducting Meaningful Classroom Observations. American Evaluation Association 2018 Annual Conference, Cleveland, OH.

Puca, A. (2016, October). Getting to Analysis: Developing Stakeholder Buy-In in the Data Collection Process! American Evaluation Association 2016 Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Puca, A. (2016, October). Take a Deep Breath-Baby Steps to Evaluation Capacity Building! American Evaluation Association 2016 Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Puca, A. (2016, October). Promoting Quality in Early Childhood Programs. Child Care Resource Network 2016 Annual Conference, Williamsville, NY.

Puca, A. (2015, April). Meeting Stakeholders Where They Are: Increasing Stakeholder Buy-in and Getting the Data You Need! Eastern Evaluation Research Society 2015 Annual Conference, Galloway, NJ.