DAAN DE JONG
Daan specializes in collaborating with human services organizations and system actors to improve their programs through design and evaluation methods; anchored in the wisdom of impacted families. He is continuously refining TPA’s design and evaluation processes to test program-related assumptions, include contrasting perspectives, and surface emergent insights in the face of ambiguity and complexity. He authored “Low-income Families Guide Innovation: Application of Human-Centered Design,” which was published in the Journal of Participatory Research Methods. Since joining TPA in 2017, Daan has worked extensively with public and private partners in seven states and over 30 communities across the Unites States. He has a background in Human-Centered Design, Qualitative and Systems Evaluation Methods, and European Studies.
His curious nature took him all over the globe. But particularly his life in The Netherlands, Northeastern Spain, and The Pacific Northwest cultivated his fascination for how traces of history influence contemporary social injustice. Being emerged in different cultures and lifestyles has taught him to be adaptable. This trait has served him well when he accepted the challenge to formulate evaluation processes in the face of ambiguity.
Out of the office, you can find Daan designing and assembling furniture or enjoying the crisp mountain air.