From Data to Wisdom
Program Evaluation and Social Sciences Research

James Pann, Ph.D.



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 conducting program evaluation and research studies.

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.


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.


Here are some of my recent publications. Also available is this list with more details.

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).


Outcome Evaluation

An outcome evaluation assesses the effects of a program on the targeted population by determining progress...

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Data Visualization

Data visualization is the presentation of data or data analysis results in a pictorial or...

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Needs Assessment

A needs assessment involves the systematic use of scientific methods to identify the gap between what...

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Statistical Research

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

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Survey Research

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

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Predictive Modeling

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

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Customer Satisfaction

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

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Logic Model

A logic model is a one-page visual document that shows the link between inputs, activities,...

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Focus Groups

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

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Evaluation Reporting

We develop actionable reports to provide feedback to organizations. Approaches such as the one-page infographic...

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