Our Services

Research and Program Evaluation

At Metis, we have a particular point of view about evaluation: we believe that best practice evaluations should be sanction free, collaborative, systematic studies of the linkages between program implementation and outcomes, whose results are used to inform practice and policy.

Metis designs and conducts research studies and evaluation projects for school districts, government agencies, foundations, institutions of higher education, and community-based organizations. We provide these services in a wide range of settings and programmatic areas, from child welfare to education to workforce development, and we have deep experience evaluating multi-partner initiatives (including those that use a collective impact framework).

As described in our article "One Size Doesn’t Fit All", Metis carefully tailors its evaluations to the questions at hand or the outcomes to be measured, the maturity of the intervention, and budget considerations. Accommodating the perspectives of various constituencies and helping our clients achieve consensus around technically- and socially-appropriate evaluation designs are among our strengths.

We offer a full continuum of research and program evaluation services customized to the needs of our clients, including:

  • Logic model development
  • Survey research studies
  • Qualitative and/or quantitative descriptive studies
  • Comparative or dosage studies
  • Rigorous impact studies, including quasi-experimental and experimental designs

Metis has established a national reputation for creating and implementing rigorous evaluation plans, including those employing experimental or quasi-experimental designs that meet evidence standards. Metis senior researcher Jing Zhu, PhD—one of only 300 evaluators nationwide certified as a reviewer for the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)—spearheads much of this work at Metis. The WWC has certified Metis as Dr. Zhu’s organizational affiliate.

We conduct all research and evaluation activities in compliance with applicable state and federal laws, the guidelines of the American Evaluation Association, and The Program Evaluation Standards of the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (2011). Metis’s duly-constituted Institutional Review Board assures that each project meets Federal-Wide Assurance requirements for the protection of human subjects; all researchers at Metis maintain NIH certification attesting to their capacity to safeguard human subjects and protect data confidentiality while conducting research and evaluation projects.

For additional information about Metis’s research and program evaluation services, contact Stan Schneider.