Synergy’s research and evaluation professionals provide state-of-the-art, rigorous, cost-effective designs and methods. We emphasize collaboration as we support evidence-based programs
around the country with data that helps them improve performance and build capacity. Our team includes researchers, statisticians, and epidemiologists with a broad range of subject matter
expertise in areas such as public health and education.
Synergy’s evaluation team designs needs assessments; experimental and quasi-experimental studies; trend, gap, and cost-benefit analyses; environmental scans; and case studies using the methods
most appropriate for the program. Our data collection approaches include:
- Site visits
- Focus groups
- Cognitive interviews
- Multimodal surveys, including online surveys
- Geostatistical mapping
- Literature reviews
- Environmental scans
In addition, our research and evaluation designs and methods build in compliance with Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requirements and standards.
Our analytic skills range from the quantitative—such as national estimates using complex survey and sampling design, experiments embedded in complex surveys, appropriate tests of significance, and multivariate
data analyses—to qualitative approaches, such as content analysis, coding of open-ended questions, and focus groups. We bring rigor and objectivity to all our work by following the position statements on ethical
and cultural competency set forth by the American Educational Research Association, the American Evaluation Association, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Health Resources and Services Administration,
and the American Association of Public Opinion Researchers (AAPOR).