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.


Learning and Development

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

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Technology Solutions

Low-cost access to 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
  • OMNI Presents at Native Children's Research Exchange Conference

    Date: September 2017

    OMNI Presents at Native Children's Research Exchange Conference

    In September 2017, Katie Gelman, DrPH, MPH, presented at the Native Children’s Research Exchange (NCRE) conference on the role of ethnic identity in the development of marijuana use among American Indian adolescents. Katie’s research has included testing the measurement characteristics of an ethnic identity construct over a two-year period during early adolescence to understand how this complex construct may shift during a period of rapid developmental change. Katie also discussed findings related to testing the ethnic identity construct as a protective factor influencing emergent marijuana use. Findings from growth mixture model analyses suggested that while ethnic identity showed null effects, culturally-based community activities had a strong protective effect against risky marijuana use, as did prosocial peer relationships. For more information on the NCRE conference, click here.

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  • Substance Abuse Journal Publication

    Date: Sept 2017

    Substance Abuse Journal Publication

    Congratulations to OMNI staff and partners at Peer Assistance Services, Inc., and Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health for publication of their commentary Ten Years of Implementing Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT): Lessons Learned in Substance Abuse Journal. SBIRT is a public health approach to identifying, reducing, and preventing substance misuse. In the article, Dr. Nunes and her co-authors reflect on key strategies that support successful implementation of substance use screening and intervention in health care settings as a standard of care. The abstract and article may be found here

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  • 2017 National Cannabis Summit Presentation

    Date: Sept 2017

    2017 National Cannabis Summit Presentation

    OMNI was delighted to present at the 2017 National Cannabis Summit in Denver, Colorado. OMNI staff, Melissa Richmond, PhD, and Carolyn Swenson, MSPH, MSN, RN, from Peer Assistance Services, Inc., presented a Lunch and Learn session: Lessons from 10 Years of Cannabis Screening and Intervention in Colorado. Screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) is an established approach to identify individuals who use substances at risky levels to intervene early and prevent negative health consequences. Colorado was awarded two consecutive five-year federal grants (2006-2016) to implement SBIRT and screened over 173,000 patients for alcohol and other drugs, including cannabis. To better understand cannabis use in a changing landscape, OMNI conducted studies examining data on individuals who had been screened for cannabis through SBIRT Colorado. At the Summit, Melissa and Carolyn shared approaches to cannabis screening that account for legalization; information on delivering brief interventions tailored to context and population subgroups; and age-related and subpopulation trends in cannabis screening.  The session also addressed needed areas for research, including definitions of risk level based on quantity and frequency of use, and cannabis impacts on health. For more information on SBIRT Colorado, please see http://www.sbirtcolorado.org. For more information on the Summit, please see https://www.nationalcannabissummit.org.

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