meet nina

Nina R. Sabarre is the Founder + Principal of Intention 2 Impact, LLC, an evaluation consulting firm that helps funders and organizations use data to drive strategy, innovation, and impact. She has nearly a decade of experience in mixed-methods research and evaluation in over 25 countries. As a consultant, she has contributed to a wide variety of projects for cross-sector clients ranging from USAID, to the World Bank, US Department of State, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Open Society Foundations, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, New York Women’s Foundation, and the University of Southern California. Her work focuses on developmental and utilization-focused evaluation to inform strategic grantmaking and policy advocacy for systems change.  

Intention 2 Impact partners with organizations to transform bold visions into reality using research, evaluation, and strategy.

Nina is an adjunct professor at American University teaching graduate-level courses in Evaluation Approaches & Design. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Evaluation and Applied Research at Claremont Graduate University. She earned a Master’s degree in Political Science from Virginia Tech, as well as a graduate certificate in Program Monitoring and Evaluation from American University. Her doctoral research focuses on the role of entrepreneurship in the evaluation marketplace, and the use of evaluation to improve cross-sector partnerships among businesses, nonprofits, and governments.

She is an #evalpreneur, total data viz nerd, podcast junkie, bullet journalist,

s’mores enthusiast, coffee shop dweller, and “why” chaser.

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evaluation services

Nina works with funders to understand their pain points and burning research questions to improve the effectiveness and overall impact of their grantmaking. She jumps head-first into messy situations, quickly understands the big picture, gets in the weeds with technical rigor, and ties it all together to deliver "a-ha moments" that result in strategic change.


As an expert in evaluation-specific theory and methodology, she collaborates with a network of social scientists and subject matter experts to provide interdisciplinary, contextual insights. She is most passionate about evaluating networks and cross-sector initiatives to accelerate social justice.

case studies

Law Enforcement Advanced Development (LEAD) Program

In collaboration with Clarus Research.

Managed a three-year utilization-focused evaluation of the Law Enforcement Advanced Development (LEAD) program implemented by the University of Southern California (USC) and Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). LEAD is an innovative training program designed to build the cultural responsiveness and capacity of LAPD officers to more effectively respond to vulnerable populations using principles from social work. The evaluation included longitudinal surveys of three cohorts, in-depth interviews, and monitoring dashboards. 

I2I partners with philanthropic foundations and civil society organizations to transform bold visions into reality using innovative, monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) that is fit to purpose and grounded in theory and equity.




Developmental & Systems Approaches
Participatory Methods

Theory of Change &

Theory of Collaboration
Capacity Building
Situational Analysis
Interpersonal Skills


Quantitative & Qualitative 

Purposeful integration of mixed-methods
Experimental & quasi-experimental designs
Surveys (CATI, CAPI, Web)
In-depth interviewing
Focus group facilitation
Content analysis
Grounded theory


Descriptive & inferential statistics

T-tests & Chi-square testing


Multiple Regression

Binary Logistic Regression

Discriminant Function Analysis

Factor Analysis


Project management
Data visualization
Questionnaire design
International research
Cross-sector partnerships


Statistical packages: SPSS, R, Stata
Microsoft Office: Word, PPT, Excel
Basic WordPress & Wix


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