Office of Performance Evaluations

About Us

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Rakesh Mohan

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Amanda Bartlett
Principal Evaluator

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Ryan Langrill
Principal Evaluator
Lauren Bailey
Senior Evaluator

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Mackenzie Moss

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Sasha O’Connell
Senior Evaluator

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Casey Petti
Senior Evaluator

Liz Demer

American Evaluation Association (AEA)


Award ribbon Year Award Qualifications News Release
2016 Outstanding Evaluation High quality work, use and influence of the report, office’s continued influence in the evaluation community October 21, 2016
2011 Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Government Evaluation Work is highly influential in government context September 29, 2011

American Society for Public Administration


Award ribbon 2016 Donald C. and Alice M. Stone Outstanding Practitioner Outstanding professional contributions in government management


Per statute, evaluations may be conducted of any agency or program that receives state funds.

State government Local government
Boards Cities
Commissions Counties
Departments Districts
Offices Other political subdivisions that have the authority to levy, collect, and spend tax dollars


Developing a request

Requests for evaluation must be submitted to the Oversight Committee through a legislator. The Oversight Committee reviews all requests for evaluation. Requests may include background information on the issues of concern. Any member or the full committee may request that our office prepares general background information for full committee consideration of a requested evaluation. A strong evaluation request is timely and addresses a broad audience. See examples of prompts that can strengthen a request under Requesting an Evaluation.


Selecting evaluation topics

Using background information and information cited in the request, the Oversight Committee decides which requests will be conducted. The number of assigned evaluations are made according to resources within our office. Topic selection typically occurs toward the end of each legislative session, but requests may be submitted at any time during the year.


Conducting evaluations

After the Oversight Committee assigns our office an evaluation, we conduct the evaluation without involvement from the committee. We may interview agency personnel and stakeholders, analyze financial and budgetary data, conduct surveys, and review procedures, processes, and applicable standards. Before the release of the evaluation report, all materials obtained or created as a result of our evaluation are confidential (Idaho Code § 67-461).


Releasing evaluations

When the evaluation is complete, OPE staff prepare a written report with findings and recommendations. The final report is published with responses, if any, from the evaluated state agencies and the Governor. In a public meeting, the Oversight Committee receives the report, makes decisions about the appropriate steps to implement recommendations, and may forward the report to other legislative committees for consideration of policy. After the report is released, all workpapers compiled to document the evaluation’s conclusions and recommendations, except those that are otherwise confidential under Idaho law, become subject to disclosure.

Three evaluation standards guide our work:
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AEA Logo Guiding Principles for Evaluators (issued by the American Evaluation Association)
Front cover of the Program Evaluation Standards book Program Evaluation Standards (issued by the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation)