David J. Bernstein

Director of Evaluation

As the Director of Evaluation, David provides leadership and technical assistance in developing effective evaluation models, methods, and systems to monitor and improve GCORR programs. He collaborates with staff to design, conduct, and report results of evaluations. He develops, collects, analyzes and reports on program performance measures. He designs and conducts surveys and other activities to collect data on GCORR programs and services, and contributes to the work of GCORR’s Ministry Support Team.

In His Own Words

What do you do (in 5 words or fewer)?

Director of Evaluation

What brought you to GCORR?

After a 30 plus year working mostly for government agencies, and as a member of a multi-racial family (my daughters are Chinese), I was attracted to GCORR’s purpose and focus.

What is your Meyers-Briggs type?


What is the best advice you ever got?

My father always quoted Shakespeare, “To thine own self be true.” It is excellent advice for an evaluator.

What’s more important to you: to be right or to be liked?

Neither! I’d rather have a conversation and be loved.

If you could have one magic item what would it be?

The ability to speak to anyone fluently in their own language.

What song gets stuck in your head most often?

I am a huge fan of Bruce Springsteen, so typically it is an obscure song you might not have heard of, although I am always happy when Thunder Road or Jungleland gets stuck in my head.

Who is your mentor?

Dr. Kathryn Newcomer at The George Washington University is a long-time friend, co-author, co-presenter, and mentor. We’ve know each other for 35 years. I was in her first Program Evaluation class in the Public Administration Department. Most recently I had the honor of serving as one of her Program Co-Chairs for the American Evaluation Association Conference in Washington, DC.

GCORR is building the capacity of The United Methodist Church to be contextually relevant and to reach more people, younger people, and more diverse people as we make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.