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Kara Underwood – Spark Insight Partners

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Kara Underwood

Kara has expertise in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. She has led evaluation projects ranging from STEM interventions, early childhood and high school programming, to educational equity and social justice.

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Biography

Interest Areas

  • Equitable and culturally responsive evaluation
  • Community action research and participatory evaluation
  • Social emotional learning and behavioral health

Kara Underwood is a researcher at Spark. She has expertise in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. She has led evaluation projects ranging from STEM interventions, early childhood and high school programming, to educational equity and social justice. She has experience conducting and analyzing interviews, focus groups, surveys, observations, and journey mapping. Kara also brings to Spark a background in anthropology which emphasizes working and collaborating with people in a participatory and engaged manner.

Prior to joining Spark, Kara was a research associate at Marzano Research where she focused primarily on technical assistance, capacity building, and the evaluation of educational curriculums, policies, and systems.

She holds a Master’s in Anthropology and Museum Studies from the University of Denver and a Bachelor’s in Anthropology and History from the University of Oklahoma. She is an adjunct instructor at the University of Denver where she teaches humanities, art history, and social justice courses. She is also a contract evaluator for an educational nonprofit in Steamboat Springs and a contract UX researcher.

Outside of Spark, Kara enjoys paddle boarding, snowboarding, attending concerts, and biking. She has a 10-year-old cat named Gentry and a large collection of houseplants.

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