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21st Century Community Learning Centers Evaluators

The following IEA members are interested in partnering with 21st CCLCs. Community partners are encouraged to contact evaluators directly to discuss partnering with them on the proposals. 

 Evaluator Name Company   Website, Email & Phone Location  Biography 
Breance Merritt Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy (CRISP)

(317) 278-1344

Indianapolis At Indiana University's Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy (CRISP), our mission is that we analyze and disseminate community-relevant research about social disparities and complex policy issues. Our team consists of experienced evaluators and researchers who use mixed-methods approaches to inform organizational decision making and help them solve problems. Our approach also recognizes how many factors intersect and overlap to affect individuals', families', and communities' quality of life. As such, we bring expertise in a variety of topical areas, including public policy, to our partners in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.
Indiana Youth Institute Indiana Youth Institute 

(317) 396-2700

Indianapolis- but serves statewide Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) has nearly a decade of experience supporting the work of 21st Century Community Learning Center Programs. We have professional consultants across the state of Indiana with expertise in developing and implementing evaluation plans for schools, non-profit, and government agencies. We will help gather meaningful information by analyzing data for organizational and collective effectiveness. As a result, your team will better understand, manage and monitor continuous improvement. If your organization is seeking evaluation services or grant proposal development support, IYI is here to meet your needs.

Jennifer Bellville, Sam Crecelius,

Andrea Swain, & Amanda Vote

Diehl Consulting Group

(317) 588 6070

Central and Southern Indiana Since 2000, Diehl Consulting Group has provided local evaluation services to over 60 21st CCLC sites and has served as a subcontractor for the federal 21st CCLC evaluation. DCG is currently Indiana's State Evaluator for 21st CCLC. DCG consists of 7 full-time consultants, an assistant consultant, as well as field consultants and administrative support. Staff have backgrounds in youth development, education, social work, community health, industrial/organizational psychology, experimental psychology, communication, and grant management. DCG staff include a former 21st CCLC Program Director and Assistant Program Director with extensive experience in all aspects of 21st CCLC.
Jennifer Borland Rockman Et Al

(812) 333-8883

Bloomington Jennifer completed her graduate studies in the Mass Communications program at Indiana University in 2000. She has worked at Rockman Et Al (REA) since 1998, during which time she has led numerous evaluations of interactive technologies and media being used in formal and informal learning environments. She has worked closely with PBS Kids, for nearly two decades, to study and evaluate a variety of broadcast and interactive media products. She has also worked with some of the country's leading museums including the American Museum of Natural History, The New York Hall of Science, The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, and the Smithsonian Institution, and has served as lead evaluator on grants funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and NASA. Through her work at REA, she has had opportunities to study the educational impact of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality products in addition to more conventional forms of educational media, and has been a long-time proponent of strategic use of innovative technologies to support learning. She is the former editor of the newsletter of the Indiana Educator's Technology Center, and previously worked with the Center for Excellence in Education at Indiana University.
Kate Bathon Shufeldt Thrive Nonprofit Solutions

(317) 653-5757

Indianapolis- but serves statewide Kate Bathon Shufeldt is the founder of Thrive Nonprofit Solutions. She founded Thrive after working in nonprofit, for-profit, and governmental agencies in Indiana, Missouri, Michigan, and Arkansas. She has extensive experience in program planning and evaluation. She has also proved to be a successful fundraiser and grant writer, having helped obtain nearly $5 million in grants for clients. She currently works with seven 21st CCLCs as a local evaluator under both cohort 8 and 9 and participates in the IDOE Evaluation Advisory Group. In addition to evaluation services, she also assists with the grant proposals and provides technical assistance throughout the year.
Laura Waldman Thomas P. Miller & Associates

(630) 269-0758

Indianapolis Thomas P. Miller & Associates, LLC (TPMA) is an Indianapolis-based consulting firm that is an expert in the fields of research and evaluation, education, workforce solutions, and economic development. Laura serves as the Director on the Evaluation Team with TPMA. She has led evaluation projects for a range of K-12 educational programs and initiatives, both at the national, state, and local level. Laura serves as a partner in each evaluation project, ensuring that projects are customized to the unique needs of each client, that findings are programmatically relevant, and that results from the evaluations are useful and help to articulate a program's impact. Prior to joining TPMA, Laura worked for the IDOE on legislative policy and policy research.
Mindy King Limelight Analytics

(812) 325-0317

Bloomington Mindy Hightower King, is the owner and President of Limelight Analytics, an evaluation and measurement consulting firm, located in Bloomington, Indiana, and an adjunct faculty member with the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington. She has worked as a program evaluator in school and community settings for the 20 years, with a focus on assessing the implementation and impact of out-of-school-time programs, literacy initiatives, early childhood education environments, and healthy community interventions. Dr. King has led statewide evaluations of federal education grants for after school programs, charter schools, and instructional development projects. In addition, she has served as a consultant for the US Department of Education related to performance measurement across a several program areas within the Office of Innovation and Improvement.
Robert Hoke   Independent Consultant

(317) 356-6367

 Indianapolis  Robert has experience as a local evaluator for a five site 21st CCLC grantee from 2014-2018 and recently was hired as the local evaluator for a cohort 8 site. Robert was also the proposal manager for a successful cohort 10 10 two-site program. Robert is an Indianapolis-based consultant with over 30 years of experience in evaluation, community research, and planning, and applied statistical analysis.  As a private consultant for over 22 years, Robert has been under contract for a wide range of services to local, state and national organizations including projects funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Central Indiana Community Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Indiana Economic Development Council and the Dewitt-Wallace Reader's Digest Fund.  His clients include organizations in the fields of human services, education, workforce development, libraries, and philanthropy.
Rose J. Buckley Collaborative Consulting Group

(812) 322-5620

Indianapolis Collaborative Consulting Group, LLC (CCG) offers comprehensive, customized consulting focused on cultivating learning and positive change by meeting clients’ specific needs with timely, relevant, and useful information. Our approach emphasizes a critical, collaborative partnership to support program evaluation, discover root causes, engage in strategic planning, and determine solutions for your organization’s unique goals. CCG believes that all work should be designed and implemented with the values underlying equity. Rose Buckley is the Executive Director of Collaborative Consulting Group. She has multiple years of experience in research, program evaluation, and technical assistant working at Institutes of Higher Education, Research Centers, Technical Assistance Centers, and as a private consultant. She has a Ph.D. in School Psychology and a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Indiana University Bloomington. Rose has supported numerous research and evaluation projects leading to improved instructional and assessment practices, systemic change, leadership development, equity and inclusion, and policy within and across diverse educational settings.
 Sara Gropp, Amanda Lopez and Margaret Smith  Transform Consulting Group

(317) 324-4070 

Wabash, with consultants statewide
Transform Consulting Group (TCG) is a woman-owned, Indiana-based, strategic, and data-driven consulting firm focused on serving the nonprofit, government and education sectors. Founded in 2008, TCG has helped organizations across the nation with research and analysis, strategic planning, evaluation, grant writing and project management to accelerate their impact. TCG’s evaluation work has focused primarily on after school programs, summer programs, literacy tutoring programs, college and career readiness programs, and early learning programs. TCG’s evaluation process involves helping organizations set clear goals and SMART measures, developing a logic model, analyzing data to determine impact and helping use data to make data-informed decisions. TCG currently serves as a local evaluator for 21st CCLC programs in cohorts 8 and 9.
 Dr. Jamie Garwood, MPA, Ph.D

Ball State University


Muncie- but serves statewide
Dr. Garwood has over a decade of experience evaluating the outcomes of schools and social service programs; including after-school tutoring, mentoring, and employment programs. Having worked for United Way, the Urban League, and in education, she has direct-service experience and a passion for using program evaluation to meaningfully improve the quality of outcomes for students, families and communities. Her evaluation work is reflective of the individual needs of clients and their communities. She has extensive experience with needs assessments (e.g. communities, schools and programs), surveying, developing logic models and measurement frameworks, data management, grant writing, quantitative and qualitative research, and public presentations. Dr. Garwood has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a focus on education and social welfare. This sociological foundation provided a base of analytical skills that were developed further while earning a Master’s Degree in Public Policy. Dr. Garwood also completed her Doctorate in Education Leadership by conducting a two-phase, mixed method sequential study of Indiana’s K-12 voucher program. Dr. Garwood is also a trained lead evaluator for Cognia, formerly AdvancEd, a school accreditation organization.
 Grant Fulton, Weston Bell Solutions for Youth Services


 Anderson- but serves statewide Solutions for Youth Services is an Indiana-based consulting group with a focus on organizations serving youth. Founders Grant Fulton and Weston Bell have worked with 21st CCLC programs throughout the state of Indiana and have conducted 21st CCLC program evaluations throughout the country. Prior to Solutions for Youth Services, Grant and Weston's experiences include school administration, school district IT, and 21st CCLC administration. Solutions for Youth Services builds upon its founders' background and national presence to conduct high quality evaluations with practical applications. With extensive experience in both evaluation and program administration, the Solutions for Youth Services team complements its comprehensive program evaluations with tested implementation strategies.

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