Patricia Moore Shaffer

Deputy Director, Research & Analysis
National Endowment for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia

Patricia Moore Shaffer, Ph.D., is Deputy Director for the National Endowment for the Arts’ Office of Research & Analysis. She has led over forty program evaluations ranging from national evaluation studies conducted for federal agencies including the Library of Congress and NASA to smaller-scale research and evaluation studies for state and local government agencies and nonprofit organizations. At the NEA, Patricia is leading work on the development of a theory of change and measurement model for the agency’s creative placemaking initiative, Our Town, and also directing an evaluation study of the Poetry Out Loud program. Prior to her work as an evaluator, she worked as an arts educator and administrator for nearly 20 years. Dr. Shaffer earned a Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership at the College of William & Mary, with undergraduate studies in the visual arts. She serves as Communications Chair for the Washington Evaluators.