The Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI) is an interdisciplinary training institute for evaluation studies at the University of Minnesota. We provide high-quality theoretical, technical, and practical training to professional evaluators and we are committed to supporting evaluation that values stakeholder participation and collaboration. MESI is part of the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). We are unique in bringing together faculty expertise from the college, the School of Public Health, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, and Minnesota Extension.
Training and Consultation Services
- Provide full-range of evaluation services to community agencies and University departments
- Facilitate evaluation training and professional development
- Provide evaluation consulting, technical assistance, and capacity building for organizations
- Facilitate and draw from an interdisciplinary network of program evaluators across the University
- Conduct research and development for program evaluation
Why Partner with MESI
We know you have limited time and resources. We want to help you complete evaluation work and if desired build evaluation capacity so that your staff gain the skills needed to integrate evaluation into ongoing work. Skills needed to conduct effective evaluation work from beginning to end include instrument development, data collection, data analysis, and reporting findings. Our students bring these skills to the table and MESI can help your organization build these skills as well.
MESI seeks to partner with community organizations and University programs that have missions that align with MESI’s goals and a demonstrated need for high-quality, cost effective evaluation services. In these mutually beneficial partnerships, organizations and programs receive the benefit of working with highly motivated and intelligent graduate students with supervision and mentoring from MESI faculty and staff.
Students apply to MESI for the opportunity to work on real world evaluation projects. MESI students receive valuable experiences and many students have been placed in multiple evaluation projects during their educational experience. Typically, organizations that contact MESI have grants or funding to provide remuneration for student consultants. Many students also receive financial support in the form of tuition, hourly wages, and benefits.
MESI students are a diverse group. They come to our institute with a wide variety of skills, backgrounds, and educational interests and experiences. They also express their interest and willingness to work with programs that focus on their long-term career and personal goals related to social and educational causes. Some of their top-ranked areas of interest are in education, nonprofits and foundations, and international and cross-cultural organizations. In addition, many students want to pursue advocacy and policy issues, collaborative or health evaluation, and qualitative methods.
Find Out How We Can Help You
If you are interested in working with MESI or exploring how MESI can assist you with your evaluation efforts, please contact us. After answering a few questions in our online form, and having a short conversation with MESI staff we can develop a proposal for evaluation work to fit your organization needs and budget.
Revised August 6, 2014