Evident Change

Inform systems. Transform lives.

aka NCCD   |   Madison, WI   |

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Evident Change promotes just and equitable social systems for individuals, families, and communities through research, public policy and practice.

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Ms. Kathy Park

Main address

717 John Nolen Drive

Madison, WI 53713 USA

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NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (V05)

Delinquency Prevention (I21)

Foster Care (P32)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Evident Change works to improve five of our country’s most critical human services systems: child welfare, adult protection, juvenile justice, adult justice, and education. These government bodies are charged with preventing harm, providing services, and helping communities to thrive. Yet these systems often suffer insufficient funding and ineffective use of resources. Instead of experiencing safety and equitable access to opportunities, people and communities who come into contact with these systems can encounter increased barriers, disparities, and inequities that can have compounding, multigenerational effects.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Evident Change

Evident Change works with state and county agencies to link research results to policy development and to translate policy into practice. This approach is best represented by Evident Change's successful efforts working with juvenile justice, child welfare, and adult correctional agencies to evaluate programs, implement client classification and case management systems, and design management information systems. Evident Change staff are experts in these areas and have actively assisted over 40 state agencies and 200 county agencies across the country. In addition to our state and county efforts, Evident Change also conducts national studies for federal agencies such as the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the National Institute of Corrections, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Evident Change has provided research, planning, training, and technical assistance services to a variety of federal, state, and local justice and child welfare agencies. Although Evident Change's work is broad-based, much of it involves program evaluation and planning, construction of objective case classification instruments, design and implementation of decision-support systems, population forecasting, workload accounting, and management information systems. Evident Change has completed and ongoing projects in youth justice, adult justice, child welfare services, and management information systems.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of multi-year contracts received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Goal 1: Ignite system-level practice and policy transformation with research and data.

RESEARCH AND DATA ROOTED IN INCLUSIVITY lie at the heart of systems change, and their power comes only from those who can inspire change.

We will engage individuals and communities most affected by systems in planning research projects, data collection, and how we use research and data. We will bridge gaps between communities, researchers, policymakers, and funders that hold potential for powerful collaboration and systems change, providing the information they need in ways that are most useful for them.

Goal 2: Refine and revitalize our tools and services.

MAKING OUR TOOLS AND SERVICES BETTER, EASIER, AND MORE USEFUL will help agencies get the right services to the people who need them. To improve upon our models, we will invite new and more collaboration, providing a more equitable foundation. We will focus on data accessibility for a wider range of people so that our work can fuel change everywhere it’s needed.

Goal 3: Uplift lived experience and community perspective.

INDIVIDUALS AND COMMUNITIES ARE VITAL PARTNERS in system-change efforts. Including their knowledge and lived experience creates practical, effective, and lasting solutions. Evident Change aims to engage communities as partners in all of our work, creating space for our own learning and their meaningful participation.

Centering lived experience includes work to deepen our individual and organizational equity and anti-racism practice. Challenging systemic and institutional racism is essential to create the organization we want to work in and create sustainable systems transformation.

OUR EYES ARE ON THE FUTURE. Within our organization, we are committed to growing our efforts of inclusion now while laying the groundwork for the years ahead. We will build an equitable leadership pipeline and career paths, forge collaborations and learning across teams, and focus intentionally on building a staff and board that represent the communities most affected by systems. We will invest in our financial future by cultivating relationships with the potential for shared goals in systems transformation.

Child Welfare: Every child deserves to be safe and supported in their home and in their community. That’s why Evident Change works with families and child welfare agencies to help protect children and prevent abuse and neglect, and to help families safely care for their children at home. Evidence-informed decision-support tools and practice coaching make better decision making—and better outcomes—possible.

Adult Protective Services: As our population ages and more states mandate reporting by social workers and medical service providers, the number of adult maltreatment cases will continue to grow. Evident Change supports adult protective services caseworkers with assessment tools to identify adults at the highest risk of future maltreatment or self-neglect and target resources toward adults who need them most.

Adult Justice: Our justice system is bursting at the seams, and many common justice system practices devastate lives and communities over generations. Evident Change works with justice and law enforcement agencies and their communities to increase mutual accountability and demonstrate, test, and evaluate innovative alternatives to ineffective and costly justice practices. We lift up the importance of racial equity in this work, seeking to deepen understanding of the lives and experiences of those involved in the justice system, particularly individuals and communities of color.

Youth Justice: Young people who violate the law need support and services, but our system often fails them. Evident Change works to improve young people’s chances for success—individually, in school, in the working world, and in life. Our work ranges from community anti-violence planning to program evaluation to creating evidence-informed tools for justice professionals to use in supporting young people.

Education: Children and youth who come into contact with child welfare and the justice system can face barriers to getting a quality education. Evident Change’s work includes research related to students in child welfare and/or justice systems, monitoring student progress, and analysis of ways that race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression shape educational outcomes.

Evident Change is a nonprofit that uses data and research to improve our social systems. Over our long history we have consistently worked to establish more effective and humane social service systems for all.

Our work began in 1907, when we were founded to support and expand the nation's burgeoning juvenile justice system. Before the creation of the juvenile system, children and teenagers were prosecuted as adults.

At the beginning, we were a volunteer organization made up of probation and parole workers who wanted to keep children out of the adult system. These volunteers helped many states establish their first juvenile court systems and programs that aimed to keep young people in their communities rather than being incarcerated.

Over the ensuing decades, we expanded our scope, bringing our humane and evidence-based perspective to improving adult justice and public safety. In the 1990s, we integrated evidence-based decision support into the child welfare system, supporting better outcomes for families by bringing consistency and equity to workers' decisions. And in the 2000s, we successfully introduced these data-driven, people-focused methods into the adult protective services system.

Today, Evident Change continues to keep pace with advances in technology and approaches while remaining true to our history and our values.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Evident Change

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.


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Evident Change

Board of directors
as of 01/03/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Leon Andrews, Jr.

Equal Measure

Term: 2023 - 2025

Frances Allegra

Cole, Scott, & Kissane, P.A.

Theron Bowman, Ph.D.

The Bowman Group

Monica Chiarini Tremblay, Ph.D.

Raymond A. Mason School of Business, College of William and Mary

The Honorable Jeri Cohen

Circuit Judge, State of Florida, 11th Judicial Circuit (Ret.)

Aurie Hall, J.D.

Dawn Holden Woods

Generative Consulting Partners

Mark Soler, JD

Center for Children's Law and Policy

Guy Swanger

Chief of Police, City of Concord, California (Ret.)

Tarek Tomes

State of Minnesota IT Services

Gayle Dakof

MDFT International

Ramin Kouzehkanani

Hillsborough County Government and 3Advisory, LLC

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/3/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/04/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.