About PERI

Nonprofit organizations face increased pressure to show the effectiveness of their programs and services through measurable outcomes. Although nonprofits provide critical services to the community, they are often unable to comprehensively evaluate the effectiveness of their programming, which then compromises the agency’s ability to advocate for additional funding opportunities at the local, state, and federal level.

The Partnership for Evaluation, Research, and Implementation (PERI) is a high quality/low-cost program evaluation, research and implementation resource for local nonprofit organizations seeking assistance with program outcomes, quality improvement, and implementation. PERI is primarily focused on health and human service organizations and selected governmental bodies, especially those serving children and families. PERI is located in the Begun Center at CWRU, and provides these services via a team of expert evaluators and program implementation specialists.

A unique feature of PERI is its funding structure. PERI is a true partnership among CWRU, the nonprofit agencies, and local Foundations. PERI’s funding model is designed to address the reality that many nonprofit organizations are unable to pay current market rates for evaluation or implementation services. The funding structure has three key components:

  • Each nonprofit organization that requests PERI assistance would provide a reasonable amount of funding as a way to demonstrate their commitment
  • PERI offers in-kind support through time and effort of our staff
  • Remainder of the cost is covered through resources from participating Foundations

PERI Services

PERI services are focused on two main areas: 1) Program Evaluation and Research and 2) Program Implementation. While not an exhaustive list, the following services are available:

Program Evaluation and Research:

  • Program evaluation: Developing program evaluation plans, collecting and analyzing data, evaluating results, writing reports
  • Data collection training: Training agency staff on appropriate evaluation methodologies and data collection practices
  • Evaluability assessment: Reviewing current agency data collection/evaluation practices, determining whether a program has sufficient information to be reviewed, developing a plan to ensure program evaluability
  • Grant-writing/Proposal development support: Providing guidance and support in the development of grant proposals

Program Implementation:

  • Reviewing literature and data for program identification that matches identified need
  • Developing target population characteristics based on needs assessment or other data
  • Assessing organizational readiness to implement a clinical program based on evidence-based practices
  • Customizing program planning/implementation consultation
  • Reviewing current program operations with recommendations for improvement/enhancement


Jeff Kretschmar, PhD, PERI Director