Evaluator Information…

Dr. Nilay Cabuk, a sociologist, received her Ph.D. in social policy at the University of Durham. A professor at Ankara University, Dr. Cabuk has often served as a consultant, and has participated in World Bank projects in southeastern Turkey including the ‘Southeastern Anatolia Region Urban Sanitation and Planning Project’ and the ‘Sanliurfa-Harran Plains On-Farm and Village Development Project.’ In 2001, Dr. Cabuk evaluated the results of the HasNa training workshops in the Sanliurfa province of southeastern Turkey.


Dr. Bulent Gulcubuk is a sociologist who received his Ph.D. in Rural Development at Ankara University. Dr. Gulcubuk has had many publications on agricultural development, including several books on agriculture and society in Turkey. He has also served as a consultant to the Turkish Prime Minister and the United Nations. He is currently an Associate Professor at Ankara University in the Department of Agricultural Economics.


Mr. Baki Karacay works at the Coordination Center for European Union Projects of Governorship of Antalya (CEUPA) Previously he was a government employee working for the Ministry of Agriculture in Antalya as an agricultural engineer where he helped agricultural development in the province. He has also worked in various departments in General and Regional Directorates as well as in several county branches to provide financial support and technical assistance to local farmers. He participated in a six month scholarship program at CEFS in North Carolina State University as a visiting scholar focusing on sustainable agriculture. He received his bachelor’s Degree from Ataturk University in Erzurum.


Dr. Dian Seslar Svendsen is an international human and organization development consultant, with over 30 years of international development experience in over 30 countries including the United States. Her participatory people-centered workshops, consultations, and capacity-building materials result in strengthened individuals, programs, communities and organizations. She has worked as an external consultant as well as in full-time positions with major international and U.S. organizations designing, implementing, managing, and assessing human and organization development activities.


Dr. Mark Svendsen is a water resource planning and management specialist, with more than 30 years of experience in International Agricultural Development. He has worked extensively in impact assessment, water resource policy analysis, program and project evaluation, program and project planning and design, and institutional analysis in Asia, South America, Africa, and North America. His background is characterized by a wide range of disciplinary skills in both physical and social sciences and an ability to bring diverse perspectives and tools to bear on a problem. He has worked on staff at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States Peace Corps, and Cornell University, in addition to carrying out a variety of consulting assignments for various multilateral and bilateral donors. 


Dr. Robert Wise received his Masters in Statistics and a Ph.D in Education with a focus on research and evaluation from Stanford University. He has previously worked as a university professor teaching evaluation and research methods and a manager of government-sponsored research. He is currently a consultant with SystemWise and specializes in using measurement, evaluation, and statistical analysis to improve organizational performance. He assists HasNa participants with learning how to apply their new skills and provides HasNa with evaluations of its programs.

HasNa’s approach to program evaluation

Evaluation activities and methods are included in the earliest stages of program design. We determine as early as possible what questions need to be addressed by the evaluation and what data collection methods are to be used.


HasNa believes that including an independent consultant skilled in program evaluation, who understands the HasNa mission and program objectives, is an effective way to assess program effectiveness.