OMNI and our partners have developed a number of resources that have been helpful in working towards stronger communities and public, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. We welcome noncommercial uses of these resources. With the exception of copyrighted articles, please feel free to disseminate, adapt and borrow from these materials without permission. We just ask that you credit the original sources and authors of these materials.


Fact Sheets and Publications

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 cultures and norms that should be considered, however the broad guidelines included here can be used as a starting point.

Research Brief 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 and program evaluation needs.

Marijuana Use Trends in Colorado Article and PowerPoint

This article was published by OMNI and Peer Assistance Services’ staff working on the SBIRT Colorado (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) project and made possible through the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health and SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. Please consult the full article at Melissa K. Richmond PhDa, Katie Page MPHa, Laura S. Rivera PhDa, Brie Reimann MPAb & Leigh Fischer MPHb (In Press). Trends in Detection Rates of Risky Marijuana Use in Colorado Healthcare Settings. Substance Abuse. An abstract of the article and accompanying PowerPoint presentation are available:

STD and Substance Abuse Prevention for Minority Parolees Article

This article was published by OMNI and Peer Assistance Services’ staff working on a community reentry project funded by SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. Please consult the full article at Jennifer L. Shepherd, Johnna Fandel, Rashaun Esposito, Elizabeth Pace, Mekka Banks & Jean E. Denious (2012): Multidimensionality Matters: An Effective HIV, Hepatitis C, and Substance-Use Prevention Program for Minority Parolees, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 51:4, 199-221.

Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Strategies Book

Young Adults in the Workplace

OMNI and Peer Assistance Services’ staff reported on a program designed to reduce substance abuse among older, employed youth, funded by SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention in a book published by RTI press. For more information, please see Chapter 6 , by Denious, J., et al., “Adapted Team Awareness for Youth and Conservation Corps.” Bray, J. W., Galvin, D. M., and Cluff, L. A., Eds. (2011) book: Young Adults in the Workplace: A Multisite Initiative of Substance Use Prevention Programs. RTI Press publication No. BK-0005-1103. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press.

SBIRT Colorado Report

Lessons Learned From Evaluating the Statewide Initiative

Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based approach to identifying patients who use alcohol and other drugs at levels that pose current or likely future risk and providing a timely intervention designed to reduce and prevent future risky use. This report, prepared by OMNI Institute, documents the lessons learned from implementing SBIRT in Colorado primary settings during the first five years of the initiative. For more information about the SBIRT universal screening for substance use, prevention strategies and ongoing SBIRT Colorado initiative, visit - Substance Use Prevention, Treatment and Recovery is a product of the SBIRT Colorado initiative, developed and maintained by OMNI Institute, designed to support primary physicians in making referrals to substance abuse treatment providers. Find easy access to information and services for substance use prevention, treatment and recovery in Colorado.

Healthy Kids Colorado Survey Fact Sheet Series

Health Behaviors among Colorado Middle and High School Students

In 2012, OMNI prepared fact sheets for Colorado’s Coordinated School Health Coalition based on the state samples of middle school and high school data collected in 2005, 2009 and 2011. These Fact sheets cover self-reported data on student alcohol, tobacco and other drug(ATOD) behavior and attitudes, injury and violence, physical and nutrition, mental health and sexual health. For more information about resources available to support local survey administration in your schools, please see the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey Portal»

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 opportunities for including evaluation in grant proposals, how evaluators input can strengthen proposals, and best practices for working with an evaluator on your grant writing team. For more information about CRC, please visit their website at:

Toolkits and Trainings

Working Together Survey and Toolkit

Throughout the country, nonprofits and public agencies have used Chrislip and Larson’s (1994) Working Together Survey published in their book, Collaborative Leadership. OMNI Institute played a role in the development of this survey by examining its validity and reliability, based on a large dataset of groups using the survey. Results of this work are published in the book, and OMNI is listed as a contact for additional information on its use. To support groups in collecting quality data from this Survey, OMNI developed a free Working Together Toolkit. The toolkit includes guidelines for administration and a supplemental MS Excel spreadsheet for entering and scoring data from the survey.

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, focus groups and more.

Archived Webinar on Making Performance Management Happen

Many organizations are attempting to develop a performance management infrastructure to improve client outcomes and better allocate resources. However, there is little guidance on what this infrastructure should look like, how it can be developed and sustained over time, and how to overcome the challenges that occur while building evaluation capacity within an organization. This 90 minute webinar, part of a PerformWell series on performance management methods and techniques, focuses on some of the common questions that nonprofit practitioners face and the experiences of OMNI and Child Trends staff in implementing the performance management cycle with a wide range of organizations.

Partner Resources

CJDC Report - Re-Directing Justice

The Consequences of Prosecuting Youth as Adults and the Need to Restore Judicial Oversight

The Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition (CJDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to excellence in juvenile defense and advocacy, and justice for all children and youth in Colorado. CJDC seeks to protect the rights and improve the treatment of children and youth in the juvenile justice system by engaging in collaborative reform efforts, coalition building, and non-partisan research and legislative advocacy. In 2011, CJDC released this report based on its work as a coalition and on a contract with OMNI to analyze data at the State Court Administrator’s Office.

Marijuana Legalization and the Workplace Bulletin

With the passage of Amendment 64, many of us working in public and nonprofit sectors have questions about what comes next and how to address the social implications of this new law in Colorado. The attached Marijuana Legalization and the Workplace bulletin produced by Peer Assistance Services offers a number of answers and insights.

Other Resources

Effective Team Work & Collaboration Video

Much has been learned about effective teamwork and collaboration over the last two decades. While many of the principles remain the same, the context of collaboration and the interdisciplinary requirements of this work appear to have grown only more sophisticated. This 10 minute YouTube video, created by Angela Fernandez Orviz, MDes Design Innovations, Glasgow School of Arts, 2010, provides a brief but comprehensive overview of both the importance of collaboration and the challenges that are inherent in this work.

ONDCP Highlights SBIRT Colorado in National Strategic Plan

In 2012, the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released an updated strategic plan. This plan includes an emphasis on the dissemination of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) to promote detection and appropriate interventions based on risk use levels. On page 13 of the plan, ONDCP highlights SBIRT Colorado’s work in the state.