Dr. Karen Hopkins is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Faculty at the School of Social Work, University of Maryland. She teaches courses in human service management and leadership and research. Her research and organizational/program evaluation with nonprofit and public agencies is related to supervision and management practices and outcomes, workforce development, and organizational learning and capacity building. She is co-director of the Human Service Leadership and Management Certificate program at the School of Social Work, Project Director of the Annie E. Casey-UMSSW Performance Management program, and a national peer reviewer for the Standards of Excellence Institute certification for nonprofits. She currently serves on the Network for Social Work Management Board and has served on the Boards of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) and the Association of Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA). She is also an Associate Editor of the journal Human Services Organizations: Management, Leadership, and Governance. She received a PhD from the University of Chicago, MSW from the University of Pittsburgh, and a BS from the Pennsylvania State University.
Annie E. Casey Foundation. Expanding the Bench in Performance Management Year 3. Principal Investigator I. September 2016 – August 2017. The purpose of this project is to develop the performance management capacity of (1) human service professionals of color through education, coaching, and evaluation, (2) Field Education Instructors via Continuing Education and (3) MSW students of color through targeted coursework in performance management and Results-Based Accountability.
Baltimore Community Foundation. Evaluation of the Target Neighborhoods Initiative. CO-PI, with Amy Cohen-Callow (PI) and Megan Meyer (CO-PI). July 2014 – June 2017. The purpose of this project is to evaluate: (1) Community partnerships, decision-making processes, leadership, equity, and resources in the targeted neighborhoods of Greater Highlandtown and Reservoir Hill; (2) Baseline and longitudinal data on community members’ perceptions of the identified priorities of clean, green, safe, vibrant, and social capital; and (3) Key contextual neighborhood indicators, including health and well-being.
Joseph and Harvey Myerhoff Family Charitable Fund. Evaluation of Organizational and Neighborhood Capacity Building. CO-PI, with Megan Meyer (PI) and Amy Cohen-Callow, CO-PI. February 2016 - June 2017. The purpose of this evaluation is to assess the multiple-level impact of the foundation’s investment on funded community based organizations and their communities (CBOs) in four Baltimore neighborhoods.