Krista Collins is Director of Research and Evaluation of the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality where she leads an applied research and evaluation team to design, conduct and manage a range of collaborative projects to support youth development organizations leverage continuous improvement approaches to strengthen practices and programs. Prior to joining the Weikart team, she spent four years at Boys & Girls Clubs of America managing measurement and evaluation projects to inform youth development, program quality and professional development priorities. In her early career, she worked primarily as an external evaluation consultant, partnering with school districts and non-profit organizations to secure and evaluate public and private funded programs designed to promote positive outcomes for underserved youth, their families and communities.
Krista is very active in evaluation and youth development professional networks, serving in various leadership roles for the PreK-12 TIG and Atlanta chapter of the American Evaluation Association. She has also served on committees for the California Afterschool Network and Youth Development Directors of Research and Evaluation Collaborative to drive partnership and alignment across the field of youth development. Krista holds a doctorate and master’s degree from Claremont Graduate University in Applied Developmental Psychology, as well as a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Child Studies.