Midwest Evaluation helps community-based organizations, foundations, schools, and governments evaluate and improve their programs.

We offer a full range of services exclusively to not-for-profit organizations. We partner with them to design, implement, enhance, and evaluate programs that work for the populations they serve.

Our goal is to help good organizations be great.

Services Overview

We offer services in all areas of program development and program evaluation for organizations of all sizes in a wide variety of topical areas.


Program Evaluation

Research based strategies to plan, design, fund, and measure the outcome of your program


Program Implementation

Technical assistance, support, and staff training to implement your program


Program Communication

Professional reports, workshops, and presentations to showcase your program results

Our Results

Midwest Evaluation experts have helped partners win more than $50 million dollars in federal grant funding.
Midwest Evaluation has conducted four Random Controlled Trial (RCT) evaluations for federal agencies including the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Dr. Shepherd has conducted research on fatherhood and healthy relationships that  has been used by federal agencies and the White House, and which has served as a guide for allocating $750 million dollars in federal funding.

Midwest Evaluation experts have been interviewed as experts for newspapers, radio, and television.

Dr. Shepherd has prepared bills and testimony for the U.S. Senate and presented testimony before Kansas State Legislative Committees.

Scott Hanson, Executive Director of Serve West Dallas

“We work with young adults from extremely under-resourced environments. It is tough and often heartbreaking work. As a client, it is the extra that you don’t ask for, but receive in a relationship with Matt Shepherd and Midwest Evaluation. He does far more than just collecting data and interpreting the numbers. This past year we…

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Reggie Jones, Former CEO of the Kanawha Institute for Social Research and Action, Inc.

“Working with Midwest Evaluation is equivalent to entering a true ‘partnership’ where their team is focused on helping you fully understand and define your needs while helping you achieve your goals in the process.”

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Michelle Foster, President and CEO of The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

“As a result of the collaboration with Midwest Evaluation, the Foundation now is able to collect and aggregate consistent data about the work and impact of its grant recipients, make data-driven funding decisions, and better monitor the progress of its grantees and the impacts of its investments. Perhaps just as important, funded programs and organizations…

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Charles Dillon, Director of Programs, Anthem Strong Families

“Dr. Shepherd and his team at Midwest Evaluation provide program evaluation services that exceed Anthem Strong Families’ expectations! From program design and implementation to training personnel and problem solving, our team and project continues to benefit from program monitoring that includes the use of data analytics to help us better understand our outcomes and achieve…

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Brad Lambert, Former CFO of Connection to Success

“The Connections to Success team has been strengthened by our partnership with Midwest Evaluation. They provide us with a comprehensive view of our program that points out where we are strong and identifies issues that affect our programs and provides suggestions on how to address them. They are constantly in contact with us and engage…

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