Community Empowerment Research

We help churches, schools, and community organizations
measure needs of the people they serve,
set strategies to meet those needs, and
assess the impact of their work in service, training, evangelism, and outreach.

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Training and Experience

Education

Director of Research,
Phil Nickel

Bachelor of Arts

Psychology, University of Nebraska, cum laude

Master of Arts

Ecological/Community Psychology, Michigan State University

Master of Arts

Christian Ministry, George Fox Evangelical Seminary

Advanced Certification in Program Evaluation

Claremont Graduate University (anticipated Spring 2017)

Areas of Graduate Training

Personality Psychology, Human Development, and Social Psychology

Research Design and Analysis

Test and Measure Development

Administration and Leadership

Theology, Bible, Church History, Ministry, Communications, Teaching

Primary Areas of Expertise

Research and Evaluation

Needs Assessment, Systems Analysis, Intervention Design

Testing and Measurement (educational and psychological tests)

Database Development, Data Processing, and Data Analysis

Training and Presentations

Professional Experience

Ministry

Two-year domestic missionary at FISH Emergency Services in Portland, Oregon.  Identified needs of clients and provided food, clothing, bedding, transportation, housing, and information.

Initial coordinator of donated food warehousing project that solicited, transported, stored, and distributed donated food to 45 social service agencies in Lansing, Michigan.

Five years on leadership team for men's ministry.

Small-group leader for couple's groups and men's group.

Founding team leader of a ministry for mid-career singles.

Small-group coordinator for college Inter-Varsity ministry

Six years as church deacon

Research and Evaluation

Twenty years experience as lead researcher or team member:

Five years evaluating a national college-readiness program for students less likely to enroll in college.

Development of assessment tests for the states of Washington, Hawaii, and Utah, and the districts of Lewiston, Idaho and West Linn, Oregon

Six annual evaluations of The Washington State Omnibus Prevention and Intervention Program ("PISP")

Eight state-wide surveys of student drug use in Washington and Hawaii.

Two annual evaluations of local PISP for ESD 112 in Vancouver, WA

Three annual evaluations of ESD 123 (Pasco, WA) Safe and Drug-Free Program/PISP. 

National Evaluation of Even Start (four years, 125 sites, 10,000 families, 30,000 individuals)

National Evaluation of Head Start Home-based program

Evaluation of the Oregon PASSAGES program—that moved mental health patients from hospitals to community-based facilities

Evaluation of statewide eighth grade assessment in Oregon

Surveys of student drug use in over 45 school districts across the Northwest

Evaluation of the special education programs of rural schools in Alaska and Oregon

Evaluations of innovative reading and math programs for Seattle Public School

Evaluation of four-day school week in Sheridan (Wyoming) County schools

Evaluation of the Kamehameha Early Education Programs in Hawaii

Community needs assessment for Columbia County School District 5J, Clatskanie, Oregon

Two Oregon state student writing assessments

Selected Reports, Presentations, and Publications:

Author or Co-Author

Overcoming Poverty Through Education: Postsecondary Enrollment and Persistence of AVID Students.  Paper Presented at American Educational Research Association (AERA), March, 2013.

Validation of the AVID Certification Self-Study: A Self-Administered Measure of Secondary College-Readiness Program Implementation Fidelity.  Paper presented at American Educational Research Association (AERA) National Convention, March, 2012.

Values in Practical Evaluation: The Development and Validation of a Self-Reported Measure of Program Fidelity.  Paper presented at American Evaluation Association (AEA) National Convention, October, 2011.

Using Archival Public School Data.  Poster presentation at American Evaluation Association (AEA) National Convention, San Antonio, TX, 2010.

AVID Excel at Garden Grove Unified School District: Five-Year Follow-up of the Students From The First Two Cohorts (2008-09 and 2009-10).  San Diego, CA: AVID Center, 2014.

AVID Excel at Riverside Unified School District: Three-Year Follow-up of the Students From The First Cohort (2010-11). San Diego, CA: AVID Center, 2014.

Housing as an Economic Stimulus.  Oregon Housing and Community Services.  Salem, OR: January 2009.

2008 Oregon State Poverty Report.Oregon Housing and Community Services.  Salem, OR: January 2009.

Mid-life Singles: The forgotten mission field.  Christian News Northwest, March, 2004.

The teacher evaluation profile: A technical analysis.  Journal of Personnel Evaluation in Education, 2, 151‑165, 1988.

Variables Influencing the Routinization of Social Innovations.  Paper presented at American Psychological Association (APA) National Convention, Washington, D.C., 1981.

Variations in Value Systems as a Function of Religious Belief.  Honors Thesis, University of Nebraska, 1979.

Other Selected Reports

ESD 123 Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention Program Evaluation Report 1999–2000.Portland, OR: RMC Research Corporation.

ESD 112 Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention Program Evaluation Report 1997–98. Portland, OR: RMC Research Corporation.

“Survey of Intervention Specialists”. In Assessment of the Effectiveness of the Washington State Prevention and Intervention Services Program:  Technical Report. Portland, OR: RMC Research Corporation.

Evaluation of Head Start Family Child Care Homes:  Head Start FCC Data Codebook. Portland, OR: RMC Research Corporation.

Evaluation of the PASSAGES Program:  Final Report. Portland, OR: RMC Research Corporation.

Preventing and intervening in youth substance abuse: Evaluation of the Washington State Prevention and Intervention Services Program (1989‑1996). Olympia, WA: Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Findings of the 1995 Washington State Survey of Adolescent Health Behaviors: Analytic Report. Olympia, WA: Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Preventing and intervening in youth substance abuse: Evaluation of the Washington State Omnibus Alcohol and Controlled Substances Act prevention and intervention services 1989-1994. Olympia, WA: Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

National Evaluation of the Even Start Family Literacy Program.  Report prepared for the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Planning, Budget and Evaluation under contract no. LC 90062001.  Cambridge, MA:  Abt Associates, Inc.

Substance use among native Hawaiian and part Hawaiian Students: A re‑analysis of the 1989 Hawaii Student Alcohol and Drug Survey.  Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Portland.

Tucker‑Maxon Oral School Extended School Year Project.  Portland, OR: Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory.

Columbia School District 5J community survey.  Portland, OR: Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory.

Student substance abuse in Harney County and Malhuer County.  Portland, OR: Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory.

An evaluation of the Sheridan County School District alternative school schedule, 1985‑1986.  Portland, OR: Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory.

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