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Our Research & Evaluation Unit staff members have extensive experience in performing high-quality independent evaluations of behavioral health and social development programs for federal, state and local agencies. Program evaluation is a systematic method of collecting, analyzing, and using information gathered to answer questions about the effectiveness, internal processes, and delivery of selected programs.

At Ellis Evaluation & Consulting Services, we help organizations improve and expand child and family focused behavioral health programs.  Our services additionally help to inform the strategic direction of community behavioral health programs. We provide sound, objective information necessary to improve program effectiveness, accountability, and demonstrate program success by measuring short- and long-term outcomes, documenting the strengths and weaknesses of programs, as well as by providing recommendations for improving programmatic success.  We also regularly work with agencies to evaluate the soundness of social problem diagnosis, program conceptualization and implementation, and program resource efficiency.

Service Areas

We provide a wide range of research and evaluation services to help clients maximize the value and effectiveness of their programs.  Program evaluation services include:

  • Creation of logic models
  • Instrument development
  • Needs assessments
  • Formative evaluation
  • Process evaluation
  • Outcomes-based evaluation
  • Impact evaluation
  • Summative evaluation 

At Ellis Evaluation & Consulting Services, we employ rigorous evaluation designs that utilize the most appropriate data collection and analysis methods. 

Our program evaluations may include qualitative methods (e.g., case studies, focus groups, site visits, interviews) or quantitative methods and measures (e.g., surveys, checklists, observational protocols, experimental studies, quasi-experimental studies). 

Many program evaluations require a mixed-method approach that incorporates both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analytical methods.


We specialize in evaluating programs and interventions targeting:

  • Behavioral/Mental Health (including depression, stress, anxiety, and substance abuse)
  • Child and Youth Emotional Health
  • Youth Development
  • At-Risk Youth Populations
  • Drug/Mental Health Courts
  • Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities
  • Child and Family Services