We provide excellent, timely, useful, client-centered research and program evaluation. We make use of a wide range of evaluation methods to answer our clients’ important questions, help them make decisions and improve their programs. We have worked with a diverse array of public and private-sector clients, including Foundations, non-profit agencies, universities and schools. Many of our clients have been clients for years.

Diane Morehouse is currently evaluating three grants programs supported by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation:  an early childhood initiative,  a program providing enrollment support for low income persons to participate in public health care and a wide-ranging grants program aimed at helping the newly insured access appropriate, effective and culturally appropriate health care.  Methods range from sophisticated database development to implementation case studies.

In a six-year evaluation of the Northwest Area Foundation’s Horizons program, we  worked with a number of colleagues and consultants to conduct, among other methods, a multi-year Panel Study of several hundred participants in community leadership development and poverty reduction programs. We conducted and reported on repeated interviews with 200 panel members as they experienced the program over a two-year period.  In that study we maintained participation of 95% of the original panel members/program participants.

Our evaluation work often involves methods such as focus groups. In one large project, Diane Morehouse and Consultant Carol McGee Johnson conducted focus groups with nearly 200, highly diverse, parents of teenagers in the Twin Cities (Mpls. and St. Paul) metro area. We also conducted interviews with experts and parent surveys. The result of our work is a large scale public information campaign for parents designed around the competencies, needs and skills we identified for our clients.

Also in the Twin Cities, a public information campaign aimed at preventing binge drinking among college-aged women was developed from focus group data provided by QED. This work has been a model for other state coalitions.

A Few of Our Evaluation Clients:

  • The Bush Foundation
  • The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation
  • The Ford Foundation (News Media and Culture)
  • The Northwest Area Foundation
  • Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS)
  • The Minneapolis Foundation
  • The Saint Paul Foundation
  • The Blandin Foundation
  • Hennepin County Department of Health (and seven collaborators)
  • Community Employment Partnership
  • RS Eden Women’s Programs
  • MN Department of Health – Center for Health Promotion
  • The Minnesota Futures Fund
  • National Urban Alliance (Columbia University)
  • Regent Candidate Advisory Council
  • East Metro Community Health Network
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
  • Minnesota Department of Education
  • Children’s Defense Fund
  • Council of Chief State School Officers
  • Minnesota Extension Service/Telecommunications Development Center