Nora Murphy Johnson


Nora Murphy Johnson is a founding member of TerraLuna, as well as co-founder of the Developmental Evaluation Institute and Creative Evaluation. She has a broad set of experiences as an evaluator and researcher. Nora earned a Ph.D. in Evaluation Studies from The University of Minnesota, a Master of Arts in Research Methodology from The University of Pittsburgh and has her Bachelor of Arts in Education & Biology from Earlham College. She has conducted evaluation and research in schools, school districts, local community organizations, non-profits and government entities, and has worked locally, nationally, and globally.

Nora’s primary approach to evaluation is to view programs and people as fundamentally interrelated, applying complexity thinking in evaluation planning, design, implementation, analysis, and reporting.  Her evaluations are also utilization-focused, and she facilitates the evaluation process and design with careful consideration of how everything that is done will affect use. Nora’s work in 2019 will focus on Creative Evaluation—developmental evaluation centered on values, guided by principles, and infused with art, and in support of increased equity and social justice.

Nora was awarded The Michael Scriven Dissertation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Evaluation Theory, Method, or Practice in 2014 and has published several chapters on principles-focused evaluation. She feels incredibly lucky to have found her way to this amazing career.

As of September 15th, 2019, Nora will be leaving TerraLuna Collaborative to start her own venture, Inspire to Change, LLC. Read the full announcement here >>