Jacki Purtell, MPP


Assistant Director of Program Evaluation

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Evaluation focus

As program evaluator, Ms. Purtell’s work is largely focused on experiential and immersive student programs, while understanding what drives the best outcomes and practices for the Duke University Talent Identification Program. Her work emphasizes integrating stakeholder voices into the evaluation process, developing mission and values-informed instruments, and helping organizations operate as data informed. She works to link qualitative and quantitative data in reporting and story telling. She serves as evaluation and assessment consultant for the Duke chapter of College Advising Corps and the Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete civic engagement program and is an alumna of the NC LiteracyCorps, an AmeriCorps program.


  • Master of Public Policy, Social Policy, Duke University
  • Bachelor of Arts, History & Latin American Studies, SUNY Plattsburgh

Selected evaluation projects

Barton, S., McBride, A.M. & Purtell, J.D. (Spring 2015). Community partner perspectives of DukeEngage. CSD Research Report No. 15-12. Center for Social Development, Washington University. St. Louis, MO.

Madison, L.E., Purtell, J.D., Mlyn, E.J., Sikes, K. & Stamm, C.A. (November 2017). DukeEngage 2022: Building on impact. Duke University. Durham, NC.

Mlyn, E.J., Madison, L.E. & Purtell, J.D. (September 2015). Civic engagement at Duke: A survey of campus programs, initiatives & activities: 2013-2014. Duke Office of Civic Engagement, Duke University. Durham, NC.

Mlyn, E.J., Madison, L.E., Van Danen, E. & Purtell, J.D. (August 2012).  DukeEngage 2017: A blueprint for broader and deeper engagement. Duke University. Durham, NC.

Purtell, J.D. & Madison, L.E. (November 2014). A signature experience: Perspectives from the first DukeEngage alumni survey.  Duke University. Durham, NC.

Purtell, J.D., Durham, E.B. & Madison, L.E. (March 2019). Game Plan 2023: Inaugural Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athletic Civic Engagement (ACE) Program Strategic Plan. Duke University. Durham, NC.