Evaluating Public Programs

Synthesis has extensive experience evaluating public programs. Synthesis works closely with clients to develop specific research questions and determine optimal methods for generating the evidence program managers need to make good decisions. We design and implement tailored evaluation plans, develop performance indicators, and create actionable reports for our clients, using surveys, focus groups, key informant interviews, case studies, and document review in both process/formative and outcome/summative evaluation scenarios.

  • Tracked State regulations related to childhood obesity and developed a report on findings including a content analysis of regulations related to childhood obesity for the national evaluation of the joint Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/American Heart Association Voices for Healthy Kids program
  • Conducted an analysis of how the Voices for Healthy Kids program’s policy bottom lines conform with adopted health equity criteria
  • Developed and conducted a survey to assess awareness of product safety information among a nationally representative sample of consumers for the Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Conducted a study to identify ways to improve and expand HRSA’s Radiation Exposure Screening & Education Program service delivery
  • Assessed both facilities and services provided at Defense Logistics Agency Child Development Centers
  • Supported a retrospective summative review of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Work in Tobacco Control
  • Conducted a feasibility study and updated compliance instructions for the Defense Logistics Agency’s Child Youth and Development Program
  • Conducted a needs assessment for the Defense Logistics Agency Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Programs
  • Provided project management services for the DHHS Office of Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures
  • Operated the Training Evaluation Center for the DHS National Fire Academy
  • Facilitating Peer Monitoring for the DHHS ACF Runaway and Homeless Youth Program
  • Conducted an evaluation of Older Driver Assessment & Rehabilitation Programs for DOT NHTSA
  • Explored and reported on Rehabilitation Options for Older Drivers with Cardiovascular Conditions for DOT NHTSA
  • Conducted focus groups on Women-Owned Business Issues for the National Women’s Business Council
  • Developed a Methodology for collecting & analyzing Economic Development Program Data for the U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Conducted a Leadership Evaluation Survey for the USDA ERS Information Services
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