OMNI supports organizations working in the public interest with evaluation research, capacity building and technology solutions.

Colorado-based OMNI Institute is a nonprofit social science agency that supports nonprofits, foundations and government agencies in a wide variety of project areas, such as Youth Development, Early Childhood, Education, Behavioral and Public Health, Justice, Collaboration and Systems Development.


OMNI Services

Evaluation Research

Applied evaluation research that focuses on real-world settings and the information needs of stakeholder groups.


TA and Training

Onsite and regional technical assistance (TA) and training programs to build the capacity of your organization, community and field partners.

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Technology Solutions

Low-cost access to web-based portals; performance dashboards; and Efforts to Outcomes (ETO)™ by Social Solutions, an information management system.

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Project Consultation

Consulting that meets your project at its stage of development. We partner on grants and initiatives, their development, and evaluation.

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Non-English Speaking Communities as Evaluation Partners

OMNI compiled this document, highlighting various considerations to make when collecting data from non-English speaking communities. In a brief document it is impossible to address the innumerable differences among 



Efforts to Outcomes (ETO)™ by Social Solutions - Performance Management System

OMNI is a Certified Implementation Partner of Social Solutions, the developer of Efforts to Outcomes (ETO)™. We provide full implementations, customized reporting, technical support and ongoing site administration  



Evaluation and Grantwriting Tips in Community Resource Center E-Article

An article by OMNI's Suzanne Leahy, PhD, "Tips for Writing Evaluation into Grant Proposals," was highlighted in a recent newsletter of the Community Resource Center (CRC).  This article covers where to find hidden  



Resource for Mentoring Programs

OMNI compiled this evaluation research brief for our clients and partners implementing mentoring programs to positively impact youth.  See what the latest research says about the effectiveness of mentoring programs  



OMNI’s Data Collection Toolkit

This free resource was developed by OMNI staff based on lessons learned from applying evaluation research in real-world contexts and with specific populations.  Find helpful protocols and tips inside for conducting surveys,  



News & Events
  • Manuscript accepted for publication in Family Process

    Date: October 2014

    Manuscript accepted for publication in Family Process

    We are pleased to share that Pallavi Visvanthan, PhD, Melissa Richmond, PhD, and Chandra Winder, MPA, along with their co-author Cynthia Hoskins Koenck, BA, CEAP, CPS II, from Peer Assistance Services, Inc., had a manuscript recently accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Family Process. The manuscript discusses findings from the evaluation of the Healthy Relationships Program that served individuals from diverse backgrounds in community-based settings. Pre-post analyses indicated that the program was beneficial. Single participants reported increased belief in ability to obtain healthy relationships and partnered individuals reported increased relationship quality, relationship confidence, and reduced conflict. Regardless of relationship status, participants also reported improvement in general relationship and communication skills.

    Visvanathan, P., Richmond, M., Winder, C., & Hoskins Koenck, C. (in press). Individual-oriented relationship education: An evaluation study in community-based settings. Family Process.

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  • Applying Ethics in Prevention

    Date: Sept 2015

    Applying Ethics in Prevention

    We are pleased to share OMNI will be presenting a 2-session webinar that will build off the basic fundamentals learned in Ethics 101. There will be 2 offerings of these webinarsl session 1 is October 15th & October 22nd. The second offering will be on October 21st and October 28th. To register for session 1, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5512649305230516994. To register for session 2, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8036734377441538050

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  • Evaluation Trainings with the Colorado Foundation for Water Education

    Date: Fall 2014

    Evaluation Trainings with the Colorado Foundation for Water Education

    OMNI has partnered with the Colorado Foundation for Water Education to facilitate a series of three evaluation trainings for the Water Education Network beginning in the fall of 2014. The evaluation series will be tailored to member needs and will utilize a hands-on approach designed to help participants do evaluation as they are deepening their evaluation knowledge and skill base. Specifically, OMNI evaluation staff will work with participants to explore the value of evaluation and its connection with programming; learn about evaluation methods and data analysis; develop (or refine) an evaluation plan; and work on reporting to constituents and funders.

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  • Presentations at the 2014 Annual American Evaluation Association Conference in Denver Colorado

    Date: October 2014

    Presentations at the 2014 Annual American Evaluation Association Conference in Denver Colorado

    The American Evaluation Association annual meeting is coming to Denver this year and OMNI is pleased to share our work through several presentations! Holen Hirsh, Anthony Molieri and Melissa Richmond will be partnering with Colorado Humanities to present lessons learned from an ongoing research study designed to measure the efficacy of the Motheread/Fatheread Colorado Program in a talk titled Evaluating a Community-Based Colorado Early Literacy Program Using an Experimental Design. Emily Love, Amber Murray, Mandi Strickland and Flavia Zarcula will be presenting findings from a research effort aimed at understanding youth and parent’s ideas about Colorado’s new marijuana legislation in a talk titled Colorado's Marijuana Policy Experiment: Adolescent and Parent Views on Legalization and Use Trends.

    AEA Presentation References: Hirsh, H.K., Jones, J., Smiles, K.F., Molieri, A., & Richmond, M. (2014). Evaluating a Community-Based Colorado Early Literacy Program Using an Experimental Design. Paper presented at the American Evaluation Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

    Love, E., Murray, A., Strickland, M., & Zarcula, F. (2014). Colorado's marijuana policy experiment: Adolescent and parent views on legalization and use trends. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, October 2014, in Denver, Colorado.

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  • Presentation at the 2014 Annual EAPA World Conference in Orlando Florida

    Date: September 30, 2014

    Presentation at the 2014 Annual EAPA World Conference in Orlando Florida

    On September 30th, Melissa Richmond, PhD, will present at the annual Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) conference. Melissa will present preliminary findings from OMNI's Demonstrating the Impact of EAP Services on Workplace Outcomes study, funded by the Employee Assistance Research Foundation. Melissa will co-present with Randi Wood, LCW, CEAP, Director of the Colorado State EAP; Bernie McCann, PhD, CEAP, Development Consultant for the Employee Assistance Research Foundation; and Elizabeth Merrick, PhD, MSW, Senior Scientist at the Institute for Behavioral Health, Brandeis University, and Chair of the Research Committee for the Employee Assistance Research Foundation. For more information about the conference, please see http://issuu.com/eapa/docs/2014_on-site_brochure/0.

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