Choice Research Associates
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Our goal is to measure your results in order to deliver quantifiable improvement.

Shawn M. Flower, Ph.D.
Principal and Founder, Choice Research Associates


We work with program administrators and providers and utilize a researcher-practitioner collaboration model called the Program Development Evaluation (PDE) method. The PDE method, developed by Drs. Gary and Denise Gottfredson, allows programs to define and measure attainable goals.

Program Evaluations using the PDE Method include:

Baltimore Recovery Corp/Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems Evaluation Plan Project

Baltimore City Health Department/Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems Drug Treatment Court Enhancement Project

Community Mediation Maryland (CMM) Re-entry Mediation Project

Prison Outreach Ministry Inc. Welcome Home Reentry Program

National Women’s Prison Project, Women’s Collaborative Pilot Project

Choice Research Associates also conducts evaluations for ongoing programs (including programs targeting disadvantaged populations, but not necessrily people engaged in the criminal justice system) by using pre-existing administrative data. In other cases, we assist clients by creating Access databases, web-based surveys, and other data collection tools to assess whether the program met their goals. Data from these tools are analyzed and the results are reported to the client, who has the option of submitting the report to meet funder and other reporting requirements.

Examples of these types of program evaluations completed include:

Housing Opportunities Commission – evaluations of three Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency (Ross) grants -- Aiming for Careers program, Youth Aiming for Careers program and the Seneca Ridge Neighborhood Network.

Workforce Solutions Group of Montgomery County, Healthcare Navigator Project

Women Moving Forward Conference, Maryland Correctional Institute for Women, Jessup, MD. Sponsored by the National Association of Women Judges (for more information on this conference, see

Rowan University Center for Addiction Studies, (Co-Evaluator with Nadine M. Connell, Ph.D.) New Jersey Department of Education 2007 2008 Social Norms Project conducted at middle and high schools.

Baltimore's Safe and Sound Campaign, Maryland Public Safety Compact

"By using Choice Research’s evaluation services, we have been able to increase our funding significantly, including receiving federal funds through the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention. This has allowed us to expand our program throughout the State of Maryland."


Lorig Charkoudian, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Community Mediation Maryland