The Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs (WRI) at Rutgers University-Camden offers a broad range of research and evaluation services for government and non-governmental organizations for their use in program planning and targeting resources. These services include survey development and administration, focus groups, and data collection and analysis.

What We Do

With a diverse background in social sciences, criminal justice, social policy, local government and not-for-profit administration, the research and evaluation team at WRI provides objective third-party assistance and guidance in developing and evaluating community programs, data analysis and program consulting. WRI utilizes qualitative and quantitative approaches to assess program process issues as well as programmatic impact. Every effort is made to organize data from available and appropriate primary and secondary sources to facilitate data driven decision making for our stakeholders’ audiences.


Youth for Success Evaluation 2015-2016

WRI is conducting a process and outcome evaluation to measure the Cumberland County Youth for Success Initiative’s success towards preventing and reducing at-risk/delinquent behaviors of youth within the county. In addition administering a services-offered satisfaction survey to youth and their families and conducting interviews and focus groups with the youth, their families and service providers, WRI attends Initiative meetings to observe policies and practices, collects data quarterly and will create annual narrative reports.

Legal Needs Assessment for Cooper Rowan Clinic + Link2Care Patients 2014-2015

The Rutgers Camden School of Law worked with WRI to conduct this legal needs assessment in the interest of providing an array of legal services to patients utilizing Cooper Rowan Clinic (CRC) and the Camden Coalition Healthcare Providers’ (CCHP) Link2Care Initiative. The assessment gleaned information from the staff and patients at both sites through surveys, focus groups and interviews to find the most effective way to merge practical theories and skills of lawyering with representation of individuals, organizations and groups in need of legal help.

NJ Association of Community Providers 2014-2015

The New Jersey Association of Community Providers (NJACP) contracted WRI to conduct a follow-up Salary & Benefits Assessment to the study we completed in 2007. WRI designed, administered and then analyzed the results of a survey that captured the fiscal and operational status of community-based agencies contracted by the State of New Jersey, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD).

Center for Family Services 2013-2015

The Center for Family Services (CFS) and their new Peer Recovery Center, Living Proof, aims to help people find, maintain, and enhance their recovery for alcohol, drug and other addictions through peer-driven support, sober recreation and educational opportunities. WRI was contacted to provide a robust program evaluation-both process and outcome – on the Living Proof Recovery Center from inception to three years out. WRI reviewed the program goals and objectives, assessed whether the program and its phases were developed and implemented as initially proposed by CFS and examined barriers to implementation and how CFS successfully overcame these barriers.

Evaluation of NJ’s Workforce Development Series 2013-2015

Funded by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD), WRI and Rutgers’ John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development collaborated on an evaluation of the services provided by LWD with an emphasis on the One-Stop Career Centers, occupational training and the Parolee Employment Placement Program (PEPP). WRI Research and Evaluation staff utilized quantitative and qualitative research methods — including stakeholder interviews, focus groups and surveys — and outcome analyses to identify PEPP’s strengths, weaknesses and sustainability.

AMACHI / Leadership Foundation – Healing Communities Mentoring Evaluation 2013-2014

This outcome/impact evaluation commissioned by AMACHI and the Philadelphia Leadership Foundation aimed to determine if the objectives of the mentoring components of two sites engaged in the Healing Communities Initiative were met. The evaluation focused specifically on the following objectives: educational improvement for mentored Black boys and employment accessibility for mentored Black men. Using a mixed methods approach of qualitative and quantitative measures, WRI tracked and assessed the outcomes of the mentees who received services from the Healing Communities Initiative.

United Way of Salem County Needs Assessment 2013-2014

This needs assessment was commissioned by the United Way of Salem County (UWSC) to be a comprehensive data update for the organization’s four identified goal areas of education, income, health and youth development. Completion of the assessment allowed UWSC to target its resources more effectively and to chart a course for the future encompassing resource allocation, funding opportunities, project development and goal achievement.

South Jersey Strengthening Families Initiative Evaluation 2012-2020

This evaluation was commissioned by the Pascale Sykes Foundation to examine the continuing impact of social service organization on child well-being, financial stability of families, and relationships between children and their caregivers. WRI evaluates how collaboratives of social service organizations in Atlantic, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties mitigates the impact of service fragmentation and resource-deprived environments.

For more information about Research & Evaluation at WRI, please contact Gwendolyn Harris at 856-225-6566 or email at