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Program Evaluation

Measuring the quality and outcomes of programs and services helps assure that the assistance provided to older adults and families is beneficial. Performance and outcome measures also are required by many funding and policy organizations.  

The Center for Research and Education at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging has expertise in developing and conducting customized program evaluations to help you determine the acceptability, feasibility, efficacy, effectiveness and quality of your programs and services.  

Are you applying for a grant from a foundation, state and/or federal agency, such as the Administration for Community Living? Or, are you a funder seeking an evaluator for a program or project that you are funding? We have the expertise to develop a plan that meets the requirements of your agency.  

What do we do? 

  • Develop and implement personalized and comprehensive evaluation plans and methodologies that include: 
    • Specific aims and evaluation goals  
    • Appropriate measurement tools and outcomes 
    • State-of-the-art data collection and recruitment procedures  
    • Statistical analyses 
    • Evaluation timeline 
    • Report writing 
  • Assist with required IRB compliance 
  • Help you identify appropriate community partners and collaborators 
  • Provide you with evaluation progress and final reports  

Past projects include evaluations conducted for: 

  • Federal agencies, including the Administration for Community Living and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 
  • National foundations, including The John A. Hartford Foundation, The Retirement Research Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation  
  • Local programs and regional and state agencies, including: One Call for Wellness funded by the Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services, the Ohio Department of Aging, the Ohio Department of Medicaid, the Georgia Division of Aging Services and Texas Adult Protective Services 

For more information about our program evaluation services, please call (216) 373-1838 or e-mail  

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Sara Powers, PhD

Research Scientist

Contact: | (216) 373-2025 | Download CV (PDF)

Sara Powers is a Research Scientist in the Center for Research and Education at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, and works on a variety of research and evaluation projects focused on bettering the lives of older adults and caregivers.

Prior to joining Benjamin Rose in 2018, Dr. Powers was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. While in academia, she taught courses related to developmental psychology and aging, as well as statistics and research methods.

Over the years, Dr. Powers has presented her research at both local and national conferences (e.g., Gerontological Society of America, American Psychological Association, Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education). She has presented on topics surrounding well-being and adjustment in widowhood, individuals living with dementia and their subjective illness experiences, transgender and gender nonconforming older adults’ perspectives on aging, as well as the cultural underpinnings of the informal caregiving experience. Dr. Powers has also published her research in a variety of peer-reviewed journals such as Dementia, LGBT Health, Women & Therapy and The Gerontologist.

Dr. Powers earned her Bachelor of Arts at Holy Family University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Sociology. She then went on to The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio for her graduate studies, where she earned her Master of Arts and PhD in Adult Development and Aging.