Hi, I’m James.
I help people in nonprofit organizations who want to show the impact of their programs and figure out how to make them better. I do that by using evaluation and social research methods.
I’m a Professor at Nova Southeastern University where I teach program evaluation, research methods, and program design to undergraduate and graduate students.
I am also a licensed psychologist (PY6251) in Florida and I host the EvalNetwork podcast where I speak with leaders in program evaluation and related areas. Find out more about my background, training, and experiences here.
These are a few of the recent evaluation and research projects I have worked on. Here is a more comprehensive list.
Co-principal investigator of the project, which involved the development, implementation, and study of the SRAT program. The SRAT program consisted of a 6-week mindfulness-based intervention delivered synchronously online and supported by text messaging. The SRAT study targeted several primary outcomes including stress, COVID-19 related stress, mind wandering, and mindfulness.
Co-investigator and program evaluation consultant for the HOPE Court restorative practices project for youth in the dependency court system in Broward County, Florida. The project promotes the voice of transition to independent living (TIL) youth in their dependency court process and transition plan. Restorative legal processes, supportive youth circles, and TIL planning comprise the programmatic components that increase youth engagement in the Extended Foster Care (EFC) and Postsecondary Education Supports and Services (PESS) programs after their 18th birthday.
Program evaluation consultant on a jail rape prevention project conducted by the Broward Sherriff's Office in Broward County, Florida, and funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. The evaluation was conducted using an objectives-oriented approach; attempted to determine the extent to which the project goals were met using survey, interview, and programmatic data.
Implementation and Evaluation of a Multidimensional Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative Funded by a Community Health Foundation. Pann, J., Yehl, A., Wood, P., Schoepp, J., Solomon, G., & Enders, C. (2014). The Foundation Review, 5(4).
Evaluation of the Feasibility and Perceived Value of Integrating Learn the Signs. Act Early. Abercrombie, J., Pann, J., Shin, F., Taylor, E., Brisendine, A. E., Swanson-Holm, R., James, C., Viehweg, S., & Chödrön, G. (2021). Developmental Monitoring Resources in Early Head Start. Early Childhood Education Journal.
Building Evaluation Capacity in Youth-Serving Organizations Through Evaluation Advisory Boards. Garst, B. A., Pann, J., Berry, T., Biesecker, G., Spector, J., Conn, M., & Jones, C. (2021).Journal of Youth Development, 16(4), 52–69.
Returning Veterans’ Experiences of a Holistic Therapeutic Program. Veloso, E., Yehl, A., Pann, J., Connolly, J., Grabner, S., Zoller, L., Staley, N., & Goldhagen, R. (2021). The Qualitative Report, 26(8).
Best Practices Model for Intervention with the Mentally Ill in the Broward County Criminal Justice System. Walker, L. E., Pann, J., Shapiro, D., & Van Hasselt, V., B. (2015). In V. B., Van Hasselt (Ed.), Springer Briefs in Behavioral Criminology. New York, NY: Springer.