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Dr. Tom Archibald

Chief of Party, ERA Senegal

Dr. Thomas Archibald, an affiliate of Virginia Tech’s Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education department, is a community education and development expert focused on educational program planning, program evaluation, and adaptive management for organizational learning and social change. He works to connect research and practice in the service of community development. His skills in this area were honed through years of working with the Cooperative Extension system in a variety of capacities, including three years as a 4-H Youth Development program manager with Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Tom’s background in research-practice integration and extension education have prepared him well to contribute to the project’s success. In addition, he has significant experience working in Africa, beginning with his service as an environmental education volunteer with Peace Corps Gabon. He has also led numerous capacity building workshops and managed a variety of monitoring and evaluation programs across both East and West Africa. He is proficient in written and spoken French.

Tom is a recipient of the Michael Scriven Dissertation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Evaluation Theory, Method, or Practice for his dissertation on the politics of evidence in the “evidence-based” education movement. He received his PhD in Adult and Extension Education from Cornell University.