Lauren Pring (she/her) is a passionate Evaluation and Learning professional who believes that effective evaluation is critical to help solve difficult problems, advance equity, and effect social change. She feels that data has immense potential to either do harm or advance justice, and that evaluation and data professionals have a responsibility to recognize that power and work toward equity and justice in all facets of their work. She approaches her work from a feminist and equity lens, and has 13 years of experience implementing both rigorous and creative approaches to evaluation.
Lauren received her Masters in Public Health from the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, along with a Certificate in Medical Anthropology at the University of Arizona. Initially, she was working toward a career in global health, and had engaged in some work in Ecuador on maternal and child health and Bolivia on chagas disease. She shifted gears and was hired as an evaluator shortly after graduate school and never looked back. In her evaluation career at UA Campus Health Service, she has had the opportunity to evaluate many different programs, giving her experience in areas such as mental and emotional health, workforce development, LGBTQIA+ wellbeing, equity and access to mental health services, violence prevention, suicide prevention, and more. Alongside her evaluation career, she has taught Public Health students in both ‘Sociocultural and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health’ and ‘Fundamentals of Program Evaluation’. Lauren emphasizes participatory, collaborative and relational approaches to evaluation in her work whenever possible, and has intentionally taught these concepts in her classes to future evaluators and public health professionals.