Preferred Program Evaluations has designed and performed single and multi-year evaluations for colleges, school districts, non-profits, and private foundations.

We have evaluated initiatives designed to increase STEM scholarship and persistence, as well as behavioral intervention programs that employ a holistic approach to educational, personal, and community development.

To help each project serve its participants and the greater community to the fullest capacity, Preferred Program Evaluations typically completes a process and outcome evaluation. Using a holistic evaluation design, we draw upon the most suitable methodology for a given project and present a complete picture as it evolves over the performance period. The evaluation process is intended to foster a dialogue among stakeholders, contribute to project improvement through the provision of data-driven recommendations, and make a case for sustaining a project once the current funding stream has been exhausted.

Blake Urbach

Principal Consultant, Dr. Blake Urbach

has been conducting program evaluations and social science research for over 18 years. In addition to serving as the lead evaluator for dozens of grant-funded projects, she has provided technical assistance and strategic planning services to non-profits, authored multiple peer-reviewed academic publications, and presented nationally on topics related to community collaboration.

Dr. Urbach has taught as an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Criminal Justice & Legal Studies at the University of Central Florida (UCF), is a charter member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Valencia College, and a current member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), Southeast Evaluation Association (SEA), Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), and Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS).

Programs We Have Evaluated

National Science Foundation

  • Advanced Technological Education Program (ATE)
  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program (HSI)
  • Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE)
  • Pathways into the Earth, Ocean, Polar and Atmospheric & Geospace Sciences (GEOPAths)
  • Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP)

U.S. Department of Education

  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program (21st CCLC)
  • Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP)
  • Emergency Management for Higher Education Program (EMHE)
  • Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education Program (FIPSE)
  • Tech Prep Demonstration Program (TPDP)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

  • Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Program (GLS)

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

  • Healthy Communities Access Program (HCAP)
  • Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)

U.S. Department of Agriculture

  • Team Nutrition Training Grant

National Endowment for the Arts

  • Summer School in the Arts Program (SSIA)

State Government

  • Florida Department of Education Mathematics and Science Partnerships Program (MSP)
  • Florida Department of Education Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program (SDFS)
  • Florida Developmental Disabilities Council Career Preparation at a Florida State College Program

Our Partners

Community and Technical Colleges

Columbus State Community College
Daytona State College
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Hostos Community College
Marion Technical College
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Prince George's Community College
Seminole State College
Tallahassee Community College
Valencia College


UC Berkeley
University of North Georgia

School Districts



Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

Professional Associations


Let us tailor an evaluation of your project in order to gain insight, present evidence of impact, and bolster your changemaking efforts.