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Cindy Lyn Banyai

What I am working on:

What I am working on:
Community development technical assistance – provided training in strategic planning and evaluation for JICA for 4 years, private consultant 7 years
Community foundation work – current projects on developing a regional policy structure for community development, nonprofit organizational capacity building, community research, collective impact and regional coalition development: process design, asset mapping, outcomes development, facilitation, impact evaluation, program evaluation, granting process development
Community Development Society – member since 2010, elected to Presidential track Vice President of Operations 2016, elected to Board 2014, Co-Chair of Membership and Marketing Committee, Chair Programs Committee – planning 2018 conference in Detroit, manage CDS Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn group, Vanguard monthly magazine Editor since 2012

My Achievements

My Achievements:
2018 2018 American Evaluation Association Advocacy and Use Evaluation Practice Award
2015 2015 Donald W. Littrell New Professional Award – Award presented to a Community Development Society member in recognition of a superior contribution to the field of community development and the Society

2015 Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Alumni Association Guest Speaker for Tenku-sai – Sponsored speaking engagement to share encourage from successful APU graduate to current students

2008-2010 Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology – Japan - Graduate Student Scholarship Recipient, Internal competitive recommendation from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Awarded full tuition and living stipend

2009 St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award – Awarded participation in 39th St. Gallen Symposium with essay entitled “Community-driven Economics”

2008 St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award – Awarded participation in 38th St. Gallen Symposium with essay entitled “Building the Concept of the International Community – Going Glocal: The One Village, One Product Movement in Japan and Beyond”

2007 - 2008 Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies – Merit-based full tuition scholarship

2007 Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies and Asia Pacific Management– Gave commencement address on behalf of all graduating graduate school students, awarded based on class rank

2002 James Madison College, Michigan State University – Study Abroad Scholarship to China

2002 Michigan State University – Dean’s List

2000 Guyer Foundation – Public Policy Scholar, Awarded stipend for Senate Finance Committee internship

Work experience / Education

Work experience / Education:
2010 - Present Principal Consultant – Banyai Evaluation & Consulting, LLC. Fort Myers, FL
Consulting on program design, empowerment evaluation, outcomes mapping, participatory photography and video; conduct evaluations, training and advocacy; impact evaluation; data analysis, visualization, and reporting; qualitative coding; clients include Southwest Florida Community Foundation, Hendry County, Naples Children and Education Foundation
2014 - Present Adjunct Faculty – Florida Gulf Coast University. Fort Myers, FL
Course design, instruction and assignment review for Global Studies course in Department of Political Science and Public Administration
2012 - 2016 Executive Director – Around the Clock Caring. Fort Myers, FL
Established nonprofit organization providing transitional housing, career mentoring, network development for homeless families; organization development; Board development; fundraising; developed partnership with Habitat for Humanity
2006 - 2009 Evaluation Specialist – JICA Consultant. Beppu, Japan
Lecturer and facilitator on rural development, evaluation and planning, community capacity building for government officials from over 25 countries
2002 - 2005 Head Teacher – Kang Chiao Xiao Xue. Taipei, Taiwan
Full day teaching and classroom management for 20 students; curriculum development, school-wide student (200+ students) assessment design and execution, teacher team building, new teacher mentoring
2010 Ph.D., Asia Pacific Studies - Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. Japan
Research related to community, assessment, participatory governance and rural development in the Philippines and Japan
2007 M.S., International Cooperation Policy - Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. Japan, Specialization: International Public Administration
2002 B.A., International Relations/Psychology - Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI

FutureMakers Coalition 2013 Baseline Report - FutureMakers Coalition. 2017. Ft. Myers, FL: Southwest Florida Community Foundation
Community-driven economics – How rural Japan re-invents itself – in Rural Development and Community Design (Japanese), 2017. Miyoshi, Koichi (Ed). Koyo Shobo Publisher. Kyoto
Collective impact capacity building: Finding gold in Southwest Florida. Banyai, Cindy and Fleming, Dave. Community Development. 27 (2), 2016
Capacity and Development: New Approaches to Governance and Evaluation. 2011. Lambert Academic Publishing. Berlin.
Policy and Administrative Evaluation: Japan’s Evaluation System – in Public Administration Handbook of Japan. 2010. Kaneko, Yuko, Miyoshi, Koichi and Suzuki, Itoko (Eds). Beppu: Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University.
Community Capacity Building Strategies: An example from Pagudpud, Philippines. Asia Pacific World, 1 (2), November 2010
Community Leadership: Development and the evolution of leadership in Himeshima. Rural Society, 19 (3), October 2009

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Dr. Cindy Banyai is the Principal Consultant at Banyai Evaluation & Consulting, LLC. Dr. Banyai has worked in the field of community development since 2000, including 2 years with Michigan State University Community Outreach and 10 years as a community development consultant (clients such as the JICA, IREX, and the Southwest Florida Community Foundation). Her most recent work with the Southwest Florida Community Foundation includes working with the tribes on outcomes mapping and empowerment evaluation, facilitating convenings for regional initiatives, and conducting community research to support the work of the Foundation.

She studied International Relations and Psychology at Michigan State University, and received her Master’s and Ph.D. from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan where her research focused on community development, public administration, evaluation, and governance. Her works have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Rural Society and Asia Pacific World. She also edited and contributed to the books The Public Administration Handbook of Japan and Global Movements of the Asia Pacific. Dr. Banyai's first solo book, Community Capacity and Development - New Approaches to Governance and Evaluation, was published in 2011. Her most recent (2016) publication is "Collective impact capacity building: Finding gold in Southwest Florida" in Community Development (

She is an active member of the Community Development Society, serving as Editor of its monthly publication Vanguard and serving on the Board of Directors, and the American Evaluation Association, serving as webmaster for the Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation group. Dr. Banyai’s other professional pursuits include Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Public Affairs at Florida Gulf Coast University, Executive Director of the nonprofit Around the Clock Caring, which focuses on transitional housing for homeless families, and President of the fitness company Florida Fit Mama, Inc.

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Community Membership:
President (now Chair)
CDS - Board of Directors
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Tools Used:
Getting to Outcomes (GTO)
Empowerment Evaluation
Key Words:
evaluation, program design, community capacity
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