From Data to Wisdom
Program Evaluation and Social Sciences Research

James Pann, Ph.D.

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WHAT I DO

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.

Since 2000, I have worked as an evaluator or investigator on a wide range of projects supported by funders, such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Justice, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in the following areas:
  • Afterschool (out-of-school) services
  • Positive youth development
  • Health literacy
  • Nutrition and physical activity
  • Behavioral health workforce
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Veteran’s programs
  • Criminal justice
  • Foster care
  • Dependency court
  • Domestic violence
  • Homeless and runaway youth
  • Mental health
  • Substance abuse treatment and prevention
  • Mindfulness-based interventions
  • Leadership development
  • Experiential education and adventure therapy
  • Creative arts therapy

Reach out to me with questions about program evaluation and social sciences research.

RECENT PROJECTS

These are a few of the recent evaluation and research projects I have worked on. Here is a more comprehensive list.

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

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.

HOPE Court Program Evaluation

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.

Project ZERO – Zero Tolerance Effective Rape Reduction Operation (PREA) Program Evaluation

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.

HIGHLIGHTED PAPERS

Here are some of my recent publications. A more detailed list is available here.

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.

WHAT IS EVALUATION?

Outcome Evaluation

Outcome evaluation assesses the effects of a program on the targeted population by determining progress… Continue reading Outcome Evaluation

Outcome evaluation assesses the effects of a program on the targeted population by determining progress...
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Needs Assessment

Needs assessments involve the systematic use of scientific methods to identify the gap between what… Continue reading Needs Assessment

Needs assessments involve the systematic use of scientific methods to identify the gap between what...
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Survey Research

Surveys are used to collect meaningful information about participants and to assess change on targeted… Continue reading Survey Research

Surveys are used to collect meaningful information about participants and to assess change on targeted...
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Customer Satisfaction

Customer and employee satisfaction are assessed using survey research methods. The satisfaction of the individuals… Continue reading Customer Satisfaction

Customer and employee satisfaction are assessed using survey research methods. The satisfaction of the individuals…
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Focus Groups

Through focus groups and interviews we collect in-depth information about specific aspects of projects that… Continue reading Focus Groups

Through focus groups and interviews we collect in-depth information about specific aspects of projects that...
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Data Visualization

Data visualization is the presentation of data or data analysis results in a pictorial or… Continue reading Data Visualization

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Statistical Research

Quantitative data analytic techniques are used to answer important questions you have about your projects.… Continue reading Statistical Research

Quantitative data analytic techniques are used to answer important questions you have about your projects.Appropriate...
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Predictive Modeling

Predictive modeling uses multivariate statistics to predict outcomes of interest. Historical data can be used… Continue reading Predictive Modeling

Predictive modeling uses multivariate statistics to predict outcomes of interest. Historical data can be used...
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Logic Model

A logic model is a one-page visual document that shows the link between inputs, activities,… Continue reading Logic Model

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Evaluation Reporting

We develop actionable reports to provide feedback to organizations. Approaches such as the one-page infographic… Continue reading Evaluation Reporting

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