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
  • Child and Youth Care Forum Publication

    Child and Youth Care Forum Publication

    Congratulations to OMNI staff Sara Bayless, PhD. and Melissa Richmond, PhD., as well as collaborators from the University of Denver, University of Colorado Boulder, and University of Minnesota, for the publication of their research funded by the Social Innovation Fund, Effects of an Afterschool Early Literacy Intervention on the Reading Skills of Children in Public Housing Communities, in Child and Youth Care Forum. Using mixed-effects models, the study finds that early elementary school students living in public housing neighborhoods who received literacy training in a community-based afterschool program, The Bridge Project, demonstrated better growth in reading proficiency over time than similar students who were not enrolled in The Bridge Project. The findings provide preliminary evidence that it is possible to impact reading proficiency for very high-risk students in the early grades of elementary school, which may help narrow the achievement gap. The abstract and the article may be found here. This work was supported by the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a key White House initiative and program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The Social Innovation Fund combines public and private resources to grow the impact of innovative, community-based solutions that have compelling evidence of improving the lives of people in low-income communities throughout the United States. The work was also made possible by Mile High United Way, the Bridge Project and the University of Denver.

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    Date To Expire: 4/1/2019 2:00 AM

  • Journal of Business and Psychology Publication

    Date: October 2017

    Journal of Business and Psychology Publication 

    Congratulations to OMNI staff, Ana P. Nunes, PhD. and Melissa Richmond, PhD., and collaborators from the Colorado Employee Assistance Program (C-SEAP), and the University of Colorado Boulder for publication of their research funded by the Employee Assistance Research Foundation, The Effect of Employee Assistance Services on Reductions in Employee Absenteeism, in the Journal of Business and Psychology. Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) provide an important vehicle to assist employees experiencing personal and work-related problems that impact employee absenteeism. The published research utilized an objective measure of work time lost to provide empirical evidence that users of EAP services tend to reduce their absenteeism at a faster pace than non-EAP users experiencing similar challenges to maintaining productivity. The abstract and article may be found here.

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    Date To Expire: 6/1/2018 3:00 AM

  • 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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    Date To Expire: 1/1/2018 4:00 AM