Program evaluation consultant & research services for education, health, and human services organizations

Your program makes a real difference.
Program evaluation can make that difference even bigger.

Your program makes a real difference. Program evaluation can make that difference even bigger.

There’s a saying that you
“can’t read the label from inside the bottle.”

This is true for MANY things in life, but especially when it comes to evaluating nonprofit programs and projects.

You’re in the thick of making things happen, and deeply invested in the program outcomes. This makes it difficult to take a step back and objectively assess how things are going.

That’s where a professional program evaluator comes in.

I can help you learn about the utility of evaluation. No matter where you are in the process – pre-proposal or approaching completion – I can help you make the biggest impact.

How program evaluation services can assist you

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Hi, I’m James Pann, Ph.D.

I’m a Professor based in South Florida, who specializes in program evaluation design, and conducting research projects. I’m also a licensed psychologist in Florida (PY6251) and a leadership coach.

How does all of this relate to my evaluation consulting work?

I bring curiosity, compassion, and experience when I use and teach evaluation as well as quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method approaches. (I’m an expert at making data un-boring.)

Over the past 24 years, I’ve led evaluation projects in the health, human services, and education sectors, including ones funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and other sources.

James Pann, program evaluator, social researcher, university professor and psychologist located in Florida

I’m in this field not only because I have the necessary expertise and skill set (you can learn more about me on my About page) – but because it offers me the opportunity to meaningfully support programs and services that do real good in the world.

And while the world of evaluation research, evaluation plans, and evaluation theory might seem a little dry and stuffy—working and learning with me is anything but.

Evaluation is a dynamic field with brilliant people doing some very cool stuff – and I love sharing it with others.

Check out my EvalNetwork podcast and you’ll see what I mean.

Want to pick my brain a bit? I’d love to hear about your program or project and talk with you about how a data-informed approach to program evaluation can help you amplify your program’s impact.

Contact me and provide some details about your project and I’ll get back to you right away!

I have extensive experience in researching & evaluating a wide range of program types including:

Types of program evaluations I conduct:

Highlighted Projects and Articles

Supporting Evaluation Practice Through Mindfulness Article Published in the American Journal of Evaluation

Co-author of this peer-reviewed article that explores the application of mindfulness in the field of evaluation, published in the American Journal of Evaluation.

The paper argues that mindfulness can improve the practice of evaluation. The paper reviews various mindfulness-based practices and suggests ways in which evaluators can incorporate them into their work to promote improved evaluation studies.

Best Practices Model for Intervention with the Mentally Ill in the Criminal Justice System

Co-author of this book that introduces an evidence-based model for treating mentally ill individuals in jails, focusing on community-based options.

The approach includes best practices for related issues like addiction, domestic violence, and trauma, and aims to coordinate judicial and clinical systems. The book’s guidelines offer potential solutions for issues affecting the justice system, such as overcrowding, by decriminalizing non-violent behaviors and providing appropriate services for those with mental health problems.

Stress Reduction Through Attention Training (SRAT) Research and Evaluation Project

Co-principal investigator of this study that examined the effectiveness of an online mindfulness training program (SRAT) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The intervention was used with students, faculty, and staff at a university and included text messaging to support mindfulness practice. The study evaluated the online mindfulness training program’s impact on perceived stress, COVID-related distress, and self-reported cognitive failures.

Published in These Academic Journals & Publications

American Journal of Evaluation
Supporting Evaluation Practice Through Mindfulness

The Qualitative Report
Returning Veterans’ Experiences of a Holistic Therapeutic Program

The Foundation Review
Implementation and Evaluation of a Multidimensional Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative Funded by a Community Health Foundation

Springer Briefs in Behavioral Criminology
Best Practices for the Mentally Ill in the Criminal Justice System

Journal of Youth Development
Building Evaluation Capacity in Youth-Serving Organizations Through Evaluation Advisory Boards

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