About Us

Evaluation that fosters positive change.

We help the helpers to be more effective, empowered and informed.

We evaluate world-bettering programs — in the fields of prevention, health promotion, education, and social services — to help them use research and evaluation to do the most for good. Our team’s decades of combined skills and on-the-ground experience offer our clients a range of methods to answer real-world questions. We provide comprehensive evaluation services (as well as targeted consulting) at community, state, and national levels.

We are a woman-owned small business.

How We Work

Our style is collaborative. We partner with our clients to craft and implement evaluation plans. We focus our energies on timely, accurate, actionable results that measurably benefit the communities our clients serve.

Our plans are responsive. Especially when you’re helping people, you must be agile. Goals change. Contexts change. We encourage rigorous, multi-method approaches that emphasize inclusiveness and a cultural fit.

Our products are shareable. We ally with our clients to ensure our work together engages stakeholders, fosters evaluation use, and inspires program improvement.

Our results are clear and actionable. We answer your key questions and help identify future directions. We take the details and weave them into a full rich story.

Our Principles

Client Collaboration

We believe in the power of collaboration. Through scheduled communication and work sessions, we work closely with our clients throughout all stages of an evaluation to ensure we understand and incorporate their program goals and values.

Scientific Rigor

We are experts in the selection and use of rigorous qualitative and quantitative methods.

Cultural fit

We match and adapt research and evaluation methods to a program’s cultural context.

Actionable Findings

From start to finish we focus on creating knowledge that can be readily applied to improve programs and increase positive impacts.

Social Justice

We work with clients committed to reducing disparities and injustice. We strive to include the voices of the people they serve.

Our Focus Areas

Mental, physical and sexual health

Community-based prevention and health promotion

Violence prevention

Substance abuse prevention

School food and wellness

Leadership and youth development

Early childhood education

Experiential learning

Meet Your New Corps of Collaborators

  • Jan Vanslyke, PhD, MSW
    Principal Evaluator
    Jan is the Founder of Evaluation Specialists. She has more than twenty years experience leading the development and implementation of research and evaluation plans in social welfare and public health, at community, state, and national levels.
    Jan@EvaluationSpecialists.com
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  • Blair Beadnell, PhD
    Principal Evaluator, Quantitative Specialist
    Blair has over twenty years years of experience conducting and consulting on behavioral research on topics such as sexual and health risk-taking, substance use and abuse, and interpersonal violence and conducting federally-funded studies.
    Blair@EvaluationSpecialists.com
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  • Holly Carmichael Djang, MA
    Principal Evaluator

    Holly has over twelve years of experience designing and leading mixed-methods research and evaluation projects for nonprofits, school districts, federal agencies, and universities.

    Holly@EvaluationSpecialists.com
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  • Tatiana Masters, PhD, MSW
    Evaluator, Qualitative Specialist
    Tatiana uses qualitative techniques, both on their own and as a complement to quantitative methods, to increase understanding of people’s beliefs and behavior. Her work has focused on improving vulnerable groups’ wellbeing through the prevention of negative outcomes like sexual violence and STIs.
    Tatiana@EvaluationSpecialists.com
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  • Damian Rainey, BA, BS
    Evaluator, User Experience Specialist
    Damian has over fifteen years of experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research in tech, healthcare, and public policy. He uses this background to evaluate and improve people's experiences with products, services, and communities.
    Damian@EvaluationSpecialists.com
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  • Terry Elliot, MS
    Evaluator, Research Ethics Specialist
    Terry has spent over 35 years in national and international research and evaluation, managing projects and leading research ethics efforts in the nonprofit sector.
    Terry@EvaluationSpecialists.com
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