Do you have a great program but not a way to show it? Are you pursuing a grant? Are you trying to prove your effectiveness to the folks you serve?

Even the greatest programs, grants, and organizations need evaluation. That’s where we come in.

We love academic evaluation, and we are good at it.

The ARC research and academic evaluation experts specialize in both quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis, and reporting to help our clients communicate impact and make data-driven decisions for accountability, continuous improvement, program planning, and policy development.

In addition to University of Missouri faculty and researchers, we serve a variety of clients through our academic evaluation services in fields such as education, environment, law, social services, health care, and agriculture.

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Research & Evaluation Experts

Dr. Soo-Yeon Cho

Dr. Soo-Yeon Cho

Senior Researcher

Research and Evaluation Services

Dr. Cho has been a researcher and evaluator on projects funded at the federal, state, and county levels. She has applied rigorous quantitative and mixed methods evaluation methodology to a variety of projects. She has conducted all stages of research and evaluation studies: designing studies, collecting data, analyzing data, and submitting reports to government agencies and foundations.

In the University of Missouri College of Education (COE), Dr. Cho applied these skills to the accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. She conducted performance evaluation of teacher training programs on P-12 student learning, teaching effectiveness, and the satisfaction of employers and completers. Previously, she served as an evaluator for a SAMSA-PBHCI Integrated Care Project on quality improvements using six-month interval reassessment data to monitor intervention effectiveness.

She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Missouri.

Amy Lake

Amy Lake

Senior Evaluator

Research and Evaluation Services

Amy Lake, MS, has more than 20 years of experience in project development, management, and evaluation. Her areas of expertise include rural health (community health needs assessment and planning; participatory research; agricultural health and safety, American Indian health and regional rural health collaborations); economic development; and community development. Ms. Lake’s ability to translate quantitative and qualitative data into actionable information for policy-makers and community leaders has earned her a reputation as a reliable and informative project partner and manager. She has worked with dozens of communities on community-based projects in the Midwest addressing health and local economic development issues.

Dr. Melissa Maras

Dr. Melissa Maras

Research Consultant

Research and Evaluation Services

Dr. Melissa Maras received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Miami University in 2008 and completed her internship at The Consultation Center at the Yale School of Medicine. Her scholarship focuses on improving education and service delivery systems by building capacity, strengthening partnerships, and leveraging resources among local schools and communities. Dr. Maras was the lead developer of a statewide evaluation capacity-building framework designed to enhance and sustain effective evaluation practices among school counselors in the state. Dr. Maras has disseminated her scholarship broadly to interdisciplinary audiences. She has received local, state, and federal funds to support her applied research agenda.

Bridget Murphy

Bridget Murphy

Senior Evaluator

Leadership Team

Bridget Murphy has worked on a range of evaluation projects addressing diverse topics such as STEM education, human dimensions of wildlife management, and work environment. Her research background is in rural sociology, with a specific interest in the sociology of food and agriculture, race inequality, and rural poverty. She is experienced in research design, qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, survey development, and report writing.