Vikram Koundinya

Vikram

Position Title
Evaluation Specialist (Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist)

Unit
Community & Regional Development

2425 Hart Hall
Bio

Faculty Affiliate: Center for Regional Change and International Agricultural Development Graduate Group

I am looking for students experienced in survey data analysis using SPSS or other software. If graduate students want to work with me, preference would be given to those who have an interest in program evaluation and needs assessments research and/or practice. Please contact me via email with your CV. 

Research Interests: Program evaluation, needs assessments and other extension educational processes.

Research Philosophy: Conduct research to inform evaluation practice (designing and implementing evaluations and evaluation capacity building) and use the experience from practice to conduct further research.

Biography: As an Evaluation Specialist (Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist), I intend to conduct research to inform the evaluation practice of ANR colleagues and relevant stakeholders, and work with them to build their evaluation capacity. Prior to joining UC Davis, I served as an Evaluation Specialist at the Environmental Resources Center of University of Wisconsin (UW)-Extension, where I worked with extension educators and project partners to plan, develop and implement evaluation of agricultural, conservation and environmental programs. Before joining UW-Extension, I worked as a Postdoc at the University of Connecticut and Iowa State University, supporting the evaluation of agricultural, extension and economic development programs. I have a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from A.N.G.R. Agricultural University in India, and a master’s and doctoral degrees in Agricultural and Extension Education from A.N.G.R. Agricultural University and Iowa State University, respectively.

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations/Outreach

  • Koundinya, V., Chen, F., Livingston, P., Erb, K., & Kepka, J. (2018). How does the use of a smartphone-based technology in teaching influence learning outcomes? North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Conference, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
  • Koundinya, V., Rao, A., & Kepka, J. (2017). Using rubrics to make evaluative judgements about the outcomes and impact of Extension programs. The National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals (NAEPSDP) Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Koundinya, V., Ghimire, N., & Klink, J. (2017). Asking appropriate questions to collect evidence of programming impact. The National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals (NAEPSDP) Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Koundinya, V., Rao, A., Klink, J., Pratsch, S., Exo, J., & Cook, C. (2017). Metaevaluation of a natural resources education program’s evaluation design. The American Evaluation Association Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Koundinya, V., Compton, P., & Rao, A., (2017). Participatory evaluation of a volunteer stream monitoring program. The National ESP Conference, Wilmington, NC.
  • Koundinya, V., Erb, K., Kepka. J., & Adams, A. (2017). Improving a wetlands conservation training program using program evaluation. The Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Koundinya, V., Berezowitz, C., & Klink, J. (2016). An innovative qualitative evaluation method to assess student learning.  The American Evaluation Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Koundinya, V., Robinson, C., Rao, A., & Klink, J. (2016). Utilizing online technology tools (UserTesting.com, Google Analytics, ArcGIS Online and Smartsheet) to support evaluation. The American Evaluation Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Koundinya, V., Klink. J., & Adams, B. (2015). Three ways to evaluate online courses using student data. The American Evaluation Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Koundinya, V., Klink. J., & McKinney, E. (2015). How to increase the chance that your stakeholders will care about evaluation data. The American Evaluation Association Conference, Chicago, IL.