NPC Research provides quality social services evaluation, policy analysis, research, and training. We are dedicated to improving the effectiveness of human services offered to children, families, and communities. Our highly skilled staff work closely with community partners and policymakers to implement research strategies that provide timely answers to policy-relevant questions. To achieve our mission, we create a supportive work environment that fosters productivity, cultural responsiveness, and creativity.
Our Approach to Research and Evaluation
A team approach to project management and implementation enables us to offer clients access to a wealth of experiences and skills. Our research staff is skilled in:
- evaluation research design
- measurement development and testing, including adolescent risk and strengths assessments
- organizing and managing complex, multi-site projects
- consultation and training for community-based programs
- gathering and compiling archival and administrative data
- quantitative data analysis
- qualitative data analysis
- program development
NPC Research strives to involve key stakeholders in the development, implementation, and interpretation of the research to ensure that information produced is timely, relevant, and useful. As facilitators, we provide technical assistance, feedback, and coordination throughout a project. Our collective experience in developing and implementing evaluation, research, and training projects has taught us to be aware of emerging complications and unexpected issues, and to solve problems creatively.
Our Cultural Responsiveness Guidelines
NPC strives to maintain a workplace conducive to cultural awareness, sensitivity, and respect. This applies to our relationships with co-workers and clients, and our approach to research and evaluation. To assist in this effort, staff are asked to consider the following six guidelines, which are reviewed periodically to assess the guidelines’ relevance and staff compliance.
- Have a consistent, visible message regarding NPC’s organizational commitment to cultural responsiveness.
- Recruit, develop, and maintain a diverse staff.
- Promote and encourage education, awareness, growth, and professional development of individual staff.
- Understand and address the cultural context of our projects.
- Commit to information sharing to promote the institutionalization of cultural knowledge within our company.
- Ensure that NPC leadership continuously supports cultural responsiveness goals.
Founded in 1989 by Dr. Michael W. Finigan, NPC Research (Northwest Professional Consortium, Inc.), focused its research efforts initially at the community level, primarily in the form of evaluations of Multnomah County programs. The consortium model developed during the early 1990s as Dr. Finigan collaborated with experts in the fields of crime prevention, substance abuse, and adolescent risk behavior, among other areas. In 1997 the permanent staff began to grow. Additional research staff, including Dr. Beth Green, Dr. Juliette Mackin, Dr. Shannon Carey, and Jerod Tarte were hired in 1998, and the growth warranted a move from West Linn, Oregon, to historic offices in the Johns Landing area of Southwest Portland. NPC remained in the area when it moved in 2004 to a new location in the River Forum building. In 2011 the firm moved to Riverside Centre, still in the Johns Landing neighborhood. The number of projects increased to include numerous county, state and federal grants. NPC specializes in research and evaluation pertaining to crime prevention, drug courts, child welfare, substance abuse treatment, substance abuse prevention, co-occurring disorders, jail diversion, domestic violence, juvenile justice, adolescent risk and behavior pertaining to substance abuse and violence, mentorship, early childhood intervention, and program cost/benefit analysis.
In January 2015 Dr. Finigan and his wife, Veronica Roth-Finigan, who was the company’s Vice President of Finance, retired after 25 years of service. NPC’s three Vice Presidents took over leadership of the firm through a collaborative management model as Co-Presidents. Each has specific responsibilities in addition to sharing overall leadership and management.
Dr. Shannon M. Carey
Director of Development
Dr. Juliette R. Mackin
Director of Quality and Training
Jerod M. Tarte, M.A.
Director of Finance and Operations
Along with the leadership transition at the start of 2015, the company began a transition to employee ownership. NPC will maintain the company focus on policy relevance and program improvement; dedication to high-quality services; cultural responsiveness; and family friendly, flexible, and caring workplace.These changes will reinforce employee engagement and commitment to our purpose and clients.