North American Research & Analysis, Inc. (NARA) is an independent consulting firm that specializes in helping individuals and organizations use information more effectively. NARA provides a bridge between research, evaluation, analysis, interpretation, and communication; helping clients identify what information is most relevant to their needs, design methods to collect new data streams or analyze existing ones, interpret results for both scientific and non-scientific audiences, and communicate those results in ways that maximize both use and impact. Client relationship development and management is also a key strength.
As consultants, we are committed to the inclusion of the organizations and stakeholders we are working with in every aspect of the project, and to building the capacity of our clients and their stakeholders to conduct planning, evaluation, research, and communications activities. We consider this a critical component of increasing equity for the organizations and communities we serve.
These commitments are reflected in our established guiding principles we follow for all our projects.
Lacking staff band-width for a special project? Need support to help evaluate a program? Or maybe it is time to take a step back to look at the industry landscape and plan for the future. NARA offers a variety of services using a tailored approach to ensure our clients’ success.
NARA staff are able to review existing published academic research and industry white papers, synthesize findings, and develop actionable recommendations to connect your business to research and make evidence-informed decisions.
In partnership with a government agency focused on tobacco control, NARA staff reviewed existing scientific literature on nicotine and its impact on children and young adults, assessed it for quality, summarized the state of the science, and produced a 2-page advisory for a lay audience. The advisory included recommendations for action for various stakeholder groups.
Designing an evaluation or research project takes time and thoughtful consideration. NARA staff work closely with clients to develop evaluation plans, research questions, implementation protocols, data analysis and dissemination.
In consultation with local youth development and career pathways project staff, NARA team members designed a data tracking system to coordinate data sharing across three sites, and implemented quality assurance and improvement efforts throughout the project. In addition, NARA staff measured program model fidelity, coordinated staff meetings, and produced written and verbal reports.
Success in any industry often requires engaging multiple partners to identify common priorities for the development of short- and long-term strategic plans. NARA staff draw on over 25 years of combined experience to engage multiple partners, identify common priorities, and develop a common vision. We develop strategic plans and tools that meet client needs, provide the ability to track progress, and support communication and collaboration once the plan is in place.
NARA staff helped a state Tobacco Control coalition develop a multi-year strategic plan, communications plan, and sustainability plan. To ensure maximum use of the plan moving forward, we created a process for continuing work in five focus areas, and for reporting back to the group on a quarterly basis. Ongoing guidance and consultation were provided in the year following the delivery of the plan and related tools.
NARA staff have over 25 years of experience in research, evaluation, program development and management across multiple industries, including the following:
NARA’s founder, Jessie Saul, received her Ph.D. in Science & Technology Studies from Cornell University in 2005. She has spent most of her professional life in the field of tobacco control, focusing primarily on research and evaluation. In 2008 she founded NARA, Inc., and has worked since then to put her passion for using data into practice with her clients.
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Maria Rudie, NARA project associate/consultant, received her Master of Public Health in Social Behavioral Sciences from Boston University’s School of Public Health in 2002. Since then, she has had the privilege of collaborating at the local, state and national levels with public health, health care, and post-secondary education institutions to utilize research and innovation for the development of actionable activities and policy initiatives designed to improve population health.
Maria has over twelve years of experience with tobacco control programs, program planning and management, strategic planning and community engagement in putting research to practice.