CEC-NY is the New York extension of the Claremont Evaluation Center (CEC), the leading institution for evaluation training, research, and consulting, headquartered at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. CEC-NY supports the university’s certificate and degree training programs, but it also provides more than rigorous coursework.

Under the leadership of Executive Director Deborah Rugg, CEC-NY is uniquely aligned to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Rugg, a former UN and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official, has spent her career finding effective approaches to global HIV prevention and sustainable development.

During her tenure overseeing the UN Secretariat’s primary evaluation division, Rugg led the drive for the first General Assembly Resolution (69/237), calling for evaluation training and capacity at the country level.

In addition to evaluation capacity-building for leaders and practitioners, CEC-NY supports Claremont Graduate University students by providing critical opportunities—through student labs, internships, and think-tank events—to learn the ways of diplomatic communities and develop networks to find placements at UN agencies.

The Claremont Evaluation Center (CEC), executive directed by Stewart Donaldson and co-directed by Michael Scriven, comprises:

  • CEC-DC in Washington DC, home of The Evaluators’ Institute (TEI), directed by Tarek Azzam
  • CEC-NY in New York City, directed by Deborah Rugg
  • The primary CEC offices on the campus of Claremont Graduate University