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Sue Ann Savas

Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work

Sue Ann Savas

Sue Ann Savas is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She received her MSW and BA in economics from the University of Michigan. For the past 20 years, Sue Ann practiced as a program evaluator. She specializes in the areas of program design, logic modeling, evaluation planning, implementation evaluations, outcome measurement, and reporting for continuous quality improvement. She uses an interdisciplinary approach, collaborating with providers from the fields of social work, public health, environmental health, and education. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on techniques for building evaluation capacity within organizations and coalitions. As an instructor, her teaching pedagogy is described as integrating course, field and life experience. She uses fully-guided instruction with scaffolding and models to teach theory and practice.

Research Interests/Focus

Program evaluation and design; logic modeling, evaluation planning/implementation and outcome measurement


Year Degree   School
1988 MSW Social Work University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1982 BA Economics University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Program Evaluation Group
Year Description
2021 Rosen, J., Lemon, C., Savas, S., and Udow-Phillips, M. (2021). Emergence in Practice: Network Building for Innovation in Washtenaw County Aging Services, Michigan Council of Foundations, online.
2018 Savas, S. (2018) Learning and Teaching the Most Significant Change Method to Capture Stories of Impact. Michigan Association for Evaluation State Conference, Lansing, MI.
2018 Beriont, L., Vestal, E., Savas, S. (2018) Community Technical Assistance Collaborative: Evaluation partnerships as an intervention to equity and effectiveness. American Evaluation Association Annual Conference. Cleveland, OH.
2018 Sinco, B, Thomason, E., Himle, J., Tolman, R, & Savas, S. (2018) Logistic regression models to examine mediation between employment and mental health on the payment of child support. American Statistical Association National Conference on Statistical Practice. Portland, OR.
2018 Provenzano, A. & Savas, S. (2018). University-partnered El Systema inspired afterschool program outcomes: A multi-level mixed method design. Social Work, Education, and Social Development Conference. Dublin, Ireland.

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