A Little About Me

Hi there, I’m James Pann.

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.

Over the last 20 years, I have led numerous grant-funded evaluation and research projects with a wide variety of health, human services, and educational organizations. These projects have been funded by federal, state, and local governments as well as foundations and implemented in Florida and throughout the country.

My first evaluation project related to my doctoral dissertation, which studied the impact of an experiential education program on the academic achievement and self-concept of inner-city youth run by North Carolina Outward Bound School and New York City Outward Bound Center.

What an awesome and life-changing experience that was for me. With my work, the organizations were grateful they were able to document the impact their program had and share that with a variety of stakeholders.

At the time, I had no idea that this work would lead me to a career as an evaluator. Now, I love assisting people with their evaluation projects and teaching evaluation.

I am a Professor at the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice at Nova Southeastern University where I focus on implementing program evaluation and research projects, teaching courses, and supervising students.

My background includes:

  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Miami, where I graduated with honors
  • M.S. Ed. with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Miami
  • B.B.A. in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin
  • Licensed Psychologist in Florida (PY6251)
  • Postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric behavioral medicine at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Medical Center
  • Family Therapy Externship at the Center for Family Studies at the University of Miami

I’ve also:

  • Published in peer-reviewed journals and a book in a series
  • Presented at many national conferences hosted by organizations like the American Evaluation Association, American Psychological Association, and the Grant Professionals Association
  • Conducted webinars about evaluation, mindfulness, and other areas and run a podcast focused on evaluation and related areas called EvalNetwork.

When I’m not evaluating programs or teaching I can be found:

  • Spending time with my family
  • Backpacking and camping in remote and beautiful wilderness areas
  • Meditating
  • Learning about a wide range of areas, from exponential technologies to positive psychology

If you’re dying to know more, here are 3 things most people don’t know about me…

  • I train most days with kettlebells 
  • I love improvisational music like jazz and jam bands
  • I completed the Optimize Coach program 

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Enjoy looking around my website and have an awesome day!

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


Funded by Legal Aid Service of Broward County through the Florida Bar Foundation. Role and Description: CoInvestigator, primary goal to evaluate the pilot of a Restorative Justice project for children/families in the dependency system in Broward County. Responsibilities: Evaluation activities included assistance with program design and logic model development. Activities also relate to outcome evaluation and will include identification and development of data sources (e.g., court data, surveys) data collection and analysis, interpretation, data visualization, and reporting.

Primary goal was to finalize and submit an acceptable program evaluation report to BSO and the US Department of Justice. The evaluation was conducted using an objectives-oriented approach; attempted to determine the extent to which the goals and objectives of the project were met using various measurement techniques and program data. Conducted site visits and had several meetings with BSO staff to review program materials and how the PREA standards were developed and implemented at the BSO Main Jail. Also, the evaluator reviewed PREA-related documentation that BSO provided. Posters in English, Spanish and Creole were reviewed, training videos viewed, and the step-by-step procedures once an incident is reported were reviewed. Surveys were developed to obtain insight into inmate, staff and vendor perceptions regarding PREA- related areas. Conducted qualitative and quantitative data analysis, interpretation of results, development of data visualizations, and final report. program evaluation report.

Co-Principal Investigator, conduct program evaluation of holistic therapeutic approach provided to US Veterans. Evaluation activities included assistance with program design and logic model development. Activities also relate to outcome evaluation and include identification and development of data sources data collection and analysis, interpretation, data visualization, and reporting. Conducted in partnership with the College of Engineering and Computing and the College of Psychology.

Program evaluation of Mission United, a collaborative and integrated system of care designed to address reintegration challenges for returning veterans and their families. Developed evaluation plan and conducted quantitative data analysis and reporting.

Funded by the Americans For the Arts (AFTA) program with the National Endowment for the Arts. Role and Description: Principal evaluator, conducted program evaluation of creative arts therapy project with military personnel, veterans and their families. Responsibilities: Evaluation activities included development of program logic model, evaluation plan, and creation and deployments of surveys. Activities also relate to process and outcome evaluation and include identification and development of data sources, quantitative data collection and analysis, interpretation, data visualization, and reporting.

Funded by the Department of Children and Families’ Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMH). Role and Description: Initiated a behavioral health workforce survey project focusing on non-medical mental health and substance use prevention and treatment providers. The purpose of the survey was to examine workforce issues for behavioral health providers and to identify specific training needs. Furthermore, it was completed to gain insight into work competencies, supervision, job retention and satisfaction, and knowledge, attitudes and practices related to opioid use disorder and medication-assisted treatment.
Worked in conjunction with Florida Certification Board (FCB) to develop and conduct the survey. In addition, conducted data analyses and developed final report.

Funded by the CDC. Role and Description: Program evaluator focused on the assessment of the feasibility and impact of integrating developmental monitoring using Learn the Signs. Act Early. in Early Head Start settings, which will include evaluating impact on developmental screening practices and other outcomes, and evaluation of the impact of two children’s books designed to help parents learn about and adopt developmental monitoring and concurrent formative research to support the development of a third book. Responsibilities: Developed evaluation plan, created and tested survey instruments, developed focus group and interview protocol, and will analyze quantitative and qualitative data and report findings.


Garst, B. A., Pann, J., Berry, T., Biesecker, G., Spector, J., Conn, M., & Jones, C. (2021). Building Evaluation Capacity in Youth-Serving Organizations Through Evaluation Advisory Boards. Journal of Youth Development, 16(4), 52–69.

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Abercrombie, J., Pann, J., Shin, F., Taylor, E., Brisendine, A. E., Swanson-Holm, R., James, C., Viehweg, S., & Chödrön, G. (2021). Evaluation of the Feasibility and Perceived Value of Integrating Learn the Signs. Act Early. Developmental Monitoring Resources in Early Head Start. Early Childhood Education Journal. Read More
Kesner, M., & Pann, J. (2020). Healing the Wounded Healer? A Survey of Jewish and Protestant Correctional Chaplains. Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling: Advancing Theory and Professional Practice through Scholarly and Reflective Publications, 74(3), 189–195. Read More
Veloso, E., Yehl, A., Pann, J., Connolly, J., Grabner, S., Zoller, L., Staley, N., & Goldhagen, R. (2021). Returning Veterans’ Experiences of a Holistic Therapeutic Program. The Qualitative Report. Published. Read More

Walker, L. E., Pann, J., Shapiro, D., & Van Hasselt, V., B. (2015). Best Practices Model for Intervention with the Mentally Ill in the Broward County Criminal Justice System. In V. B., Van Hasselt (Ed.), Springer Briefs in Behavioral Criminology. New York, NY: Springer.

Calfa, C. J., Wilkinson, J. G., Williams, M. M., Pann, J. M., Yehl, A., Hoogenbergen, S. E., & Ivory, A. D. (2015). Abstract P1-17-03: Impact of a culturally syntonic door-to-door breast cancer early detection intervention. Poster Session Abstracts. Published. Read More
Pann, J., Yehl, A., Wood, P., Schoepp, J., Solomon, G., and Enders, C. (2013). Implementation and Evaluation of a Multidimensional Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative Funded by a Community Health Foundation. The Foundation Review, 5(4), 62-77.
Pann, J. M. (1999). The effects of an adventure education intervention of self-concept and verbal academic achievement in inner-city adolescents (Publication No. 9948781) [Doctoral dissertation, University of Miami]. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing.