Office of Performance Evaluations

Staff Information

The Office of Performance Evaluations has eight full-time staff, including a director who serves at the pleasure of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee, an administrative coordinator, and six evaluators. The office also employs part-time and contract staff as needed to supplement project resources.

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Rakesh Mohan

Rakesh Mohan

Director
(208) 332-1470
rmohan@ope.idaho.gov

Rakesh has 25 years of experience in program evaluation and policy analysis working for legislatures in Idaho, Washington, Louisiana, and Kansas. He has been the director of OPE since 2002.

Under his direction, OPE has received many awards, including the 2011 Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Government Evaluation Award from the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and the 2012 Excellence in Research Methods Award from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Rakesh is currently a member of AEA's Evaluation Policy Task Force and the editorial advisory board of the American Journal of Evaluation. Locally, he serves on the board of directors of Learning Lab. He also guest lectures at Boise State University’s graduate and undergraduate classes in political science and public administration.

In the past, he served on the US Comptroller General’s Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards, the AEA board of directors, the editorial advisory board of New Directions for Evaluation, and the executive committee of the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society.

Rakesh is the coeditor of two volumes of New Directions for Evaluation: “Promoting the Use of Government Evaluations in Policymaking” (2006) and “Responding to Sponsors and Stakeholders in Complex Evaluation Environments” (2002).

Rakesh grew up in India and came to the United States in 1976. Before entering the legislative environment, he worked as an analytical chemist in Kansas. He has a master of public administration from the University of Kansas and is a recipient of the Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellowship (leadership development program).

Margaret Campbell

Margaret Campbell

Administrative Coordinator
(208) 332-1478
mcampbell@ope.idaho.gov

Margaret helped establish OPE in 1994 as assistant to the director. She is secretary to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee, edits and publishes reports, maintains the OPE website, and manages human resources and fiscal operations. She has attended training at the Legislative Staff Management Institute in Sacramento and has been certified as a copy editor by the University of California San Diego. She has prior work experience in the federal offices of Apprenticeship and Training, IRS Audits, and Agricultural Statistics.

Lance McCleve

Lance McCleve

Principal Evaluator
(208) 332-1469
lmccleve@ope.idaho.gov

Lance joined OPE in 2010. He has an undergraduate degree in political science and a master's degree in public administration from Boise State University. Before coming to OPE, Lance was an extern for the US District and Bankruptcy Court: District of Idaho in the pro se unit handling prisoner complaints. Lance is a member of the American Evaluation Association and the Oregon Program Evaluators Network.

Bryon Welch

Bryon D. Welch

Principal Evaluator
(208) 332-1468
bwelch@ope.idaho.gov

Bryon joined OPE in 2010. He is currently pursuing a PhD in public policy and administration from Boise State University. Bryon is a member of the American Evaluation Association and the Oregon Program Evaluators Network. He serves as the technology and social media resource for the office. Bryon grew up in Kent, Washington.

 

Amanda Bartlett

Senior Evaluator
(208) 332-1473
abartlett@ope.idaho.gov

Amanda joined OPE with 11 years of experience as a researcher and program evaluator for Ada County. She has an undergraduate degree in clinical psychology from Liberty University and a master’s degree in public administration from Boise State University. Amanda is a member of the American Evaluation Association.

Hannah Crumrine

Hannah Crumrine

Senior Evaluator
(208) 332-1474
hcrumrine@ope.idaho.gov

Hannah joined OPE in 2008 as an intern through Boise State University while completing her graduate degree. She joined the office as an evaluator in 2009. Hannah has a master of health science from Boise State University and an undergraduate degree in liberal studies from the University of Montana.  She has experience teaching program evaluation.

Tony Grange

Tony Grange

Senior Evaluator
(208) 332-1476
tgrange@ope.idaho.gov

A native of Pocatello, Tony joined OPE in 2012.  Before coming to OPE, he served as a research analyst for both the State of Idaho and Ada County. Tony has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Idaho State University and a master's and a PhD in experimental psychology from Loyola University of Chicago. Tony is a member of the American Evaluation Association and the Oregon Program Evaluators Network.

Professional Memberships

In addition to individual memberships to several professional organizations, all OPE staff are members of the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES)—a staff section of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).