Principal Investigator

ADVISOR

Donna Smith-Moncrieffe currently works in the government  overseeing evaluation teams that are contracted to conduct scientific evaluation research studies.  Donna provides professional evaluation research advice to government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and private consulting firms on a daily basis. She has 17 years of professional research and evaluation experience having worked in the areas of policy research and evaluation with the Government of Canada, City of Toronto, Corrections Canada , Ministry of National Security and Justice (Jamaica) and the Cabinet Office with the Government of Jamaica. She has worked as an evaluation specialist on international crime prevention projects sponsored by the Department for International Development and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Note: Donna Smith-Moncrieffe’s private company, Metaphysics Research Inc.  conducts and generates findings related to parapsychology and metaphysics.  All information generated from Donna’s private research and company should not be associated with her  professional work with the Government of  Canada.

TRAINER

She has provided workshops and training in evaluation, logic model development, evidence-based decision making and evaluation planning for over 15 years. Donna also has several years of experience designing workshops and “training the trainer” modules to help build evaluation capacity in government, NGO’s and private business. This experience has allowed her to gain knowledge about common challenges that plague non-experts. Donna is sought after for her expertise and ability to transform technical information into user-friendly concepts.

PEER REVIEWER

Donna has years of experience as a peer reviewer committees for ‘Scientific Appropriateness’ has provided Donna with access to technical proposals from federal departments, universities, non-governmental organizations and private firms. She has reviewed and provided advice on approximately 50 evaluation or research studies per year since 1998. Evaluation studies include content area related to health, crime, security & justice issues, injury prevention, education, and results based business management/systems. This review experience continues to increase her technical competencies. Years of peer reviewing for ethics applications contribute to an increase in knowledge of how to balance scientific and ethical principles.

RESEARCHER/WRITER/PRESENTER

Donna has been a Principal Investigator and author for numerous documents on various types of evaluation research studies including evaluability assessment, needs assessments, process and impact evaluations and quasi-experimental evaluations. Donna has been presenting at industry conferences since 1998. She has been instrumental in providing innovative thinking on the challenge of evaluating multi-sites initiatives and has provided a significant contribution at industry conferences on topics relating to “Quantifying Fidelity Indices”.

Donna is currently the Principal Investigator of Phase 1 of the study Medium 7 and has conducted research in physical mediumship, energy healing and past life regression. She is  the author of the book Medium 7 : Evidence of the Afterlife and Predictions (2013) and the book Medium9: The Transformational Powers of Spiritual Energy.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Donna earned her BSc. (Bachelors of  Science)  and Criminology diploma from the University of Toronto and her MSc.  (Masters of  Science) from the University of the West Indies. Areas of study include Psychology (Major) , Sociology, Criminology, Religions (minor) and Philosophy (minor). All of the degrees have research methods and statistical analysis requirements. All of Donna’s evaluation competencies are recognized by the Canadian Evaluation Society’s delegation certificate. She has received additional evaluation training from the World Health Organization, International Development Evaluation Training (Carlton University), Canadian Evaluation Society and various workshops offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Toronto. Donna has continued to maintain important contacts with key associations including the Canadian Evaluation Society, International Development Evaluation Training Association, and many other key evaluation research associations.

CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS

Donna’s evaluation research skills are also being used to systematically study metaphysical and parapsychology concepts. Specific research interests include:

  • Life After Death (Survival Consciousness)
  • Reincarnation
  • Science of Prediction

Donna’s research interests include understanding and exploring metaphysical phenomenon that leads to increased knowledge about the ‘ nature of  reality”. In addition to her formal research methods training and formal studies in Psychology, Donna has also formally studied Religion and Philosophy. She has a special interest in Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) courses and has been attending related industry conferences since 2006.

 

BOOK/STUDIES/PRESENTATIONS

(AUTHORED BY DONNA SMITH-MONCRIEFFE)

  • Medium7: Evidence of the Afterlife and Predictions (2013)
  • Innovative Evaluation Research Synthesis Methods (2013)
  • What Works in Gang Prevention? (2013)
  • Evaluating What Works in Substance Abuse Prevention (2012)
  • How Rigorous Evaluation Research Strengthens Program Implementation (2012)
  • Using Internet Research Methods in a Needs Assessment Framework (2011)
  • Quantifying Fidelity Indices (2010)
  • Planning Multi-site Evaluations of Model Programs (2009)
  • Improving Accountability and Quality Assurance: An Analysis of Gang Prevention Programs across Canada (2009)
  • Long Term Complex Evaluations: Challenges and Mitigation Strategies (2009)
  • Just In Time Evaluations : Managing Quality Evaluations (2008)
  • Qualitative Review: Assessing the Decentralized School Health Model (2007)
  • Healthy Weights evaluation (2005)
  • Logic Model Development (2005)
  • Guidelines: When to Evaluate a Program (2005)
  • Systematic Review of Evaluations: Smoking Cessation Program for Pregnant Women and  Postpartum women (2005)
  • Evaluability Assessment: Healthiest Babies Program (2005)
  • Process and Impact Evaluation: Toronto Prenatal evaluation program (2004)
  • Impact Evaluation of the Community Service Enhancement Program: Using a Quasi-Experimental Design to Determine Program Effectiveness (2002)
  • Victim Analysis Study (2001):
  • Deportee Study: Risk/Need Analysis of the Deportee Population (2000)
  • Sentence Variation Study: An Analysis of Sexual Assault and Homicide Sentencing Patterns (1999)
  • Gang Study: The Jamaican Crime Scene (1999)
  • Risk Assessment Manual (1997)
  • Assessment of Rehabilitation Efforts and Offender Participation (1996)