Who We Are

Kaye Implementation & Evaluation was established by Dr. Sarah Kaye in 2012 to conduct research and evaluation in the service of children, youth and families. We are a growing team of dedicated professionals with training and experience in social service and social science. Our team is committed to supporting our partners to advance practice and outcomes through high-quality implementation, research, and evaluation.

What We Do

We partner with child, youth, and family-serving organizations and their stakeholders to support programs to reach their intended outcomes. Our collaborative approach includes:

  • Listening to our partners to understand context and the organization’s goals. 

  • Identifying rigorous and innovative approaches and methods that can meet our partners’ needs. 

  • Discussing evaluation strategies and making decisions together about how best to achieve evaluation goals.

  • Valuing diversity of individuals, perspectives, and expertise.  

  • Working alongside partners throughout study design, execution, interpretation, and reporting to ensure that all evaluation activities are grounded in practice.

Our Partners

Kaye Implementation & Evaluation partners with agencies and organizations that reflect diverse communities across the country.  Our partners want to use research and data to serve children and families. We help our partners to explore needs and identify solutions, build evidence about their intervention model, and/or gather data about how to improve implementation and outcomes. Partners have included: federal, state and local government agencies; national and local foundations; organizations that provide training and consultation to advance evidence-informed or promising practice; and community-based child and family serving agencies.

Our Specialties

Bridging Research & Service

We make research and evaluation accessible to family-serving agencies, and conduct practice-based research. 


Rigor &


We partner with agencies to design studies that value context and prioritize the needs of partners and communities.

Applying Implementation Science & Practices

We apply emerging science and established tools to help our partners achieve implementation goals.


Evidence & Capacity

We engage stakeholders, enhance knowledge/skills, and empower our partners to demonstrate impact

The Team

Sarah Kaye, PhD

Principal Investigator

Sarah Kaye, PhD, has two decades of experience in quality improvement and program evaluation, and has served in Principal Investigator and Project Director roles for the past 12 years. Dr. Kaye has conducted evaluations in support of federal initiatives, state and county child welfare systems, private child-serving organizations, and state/national organizations that promote the implementation of promising or evidence-based programs. Recent program areas include services provided to young children and their families, families receiving in-home services to prevent out-of-home placement, children/youth living with kin, and young adults transitioning from foster care.  

Dr. Kaye began her career in continuous quality improvement at a private child welfare agency in western New York.  She has held research faculty positions in both the School of Social Work and the School of Medicine’s Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Maryland, and served as the Director for Research and Evaluation for the Atlantic Coast Child Welfare Implementation Center.  In 2012, she founded Kaye Implementation & Evaluation, LLC, a woman-owned small business that provides research and evaluation services to child, youth and family serving organizations. 

Tanisha Tate Woodson, PhD, MPH

Research Associate

Dr. Woodson has more than ten years of experience developing, implementing, and managing collaborative projects on research topics including early childhood education, child welfare, public health, and youth development. Over the course of her research career, she has used mixed-methods approach to address pressing public health, social and child welfare issues and incorporated an equity lens. Dr. Woodson leads usability testing and implementation evaluation activities for the OhioKAN program evaluation.

Dr. Woodson has served in a variety of roles with prior research projects, including as the Project Director of a federally funded initiative designed to assess the reach, quality, and impact of early childhood education programs in the state of Oregon. She earned her MPH in Health Management and Policy from the University of Michigan and PhD in Social Welfare from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Woodson is also an alumnus of the Annie E Casey Leader in Equitable Evaluation and Diversity (LEEAD) Fellowship Program.

Lucia M. Reyes, PhD, MS

Research Associate

Dr. Reyes has worked in academic and social service settings focused on improving the well-being of children and families for a decade. She leads activities in the areas of evaluation design, measurement, and data analysis.

Trained as a clinical mental health counselor, Dr. Reyes started her career providing direct services to families involved in the child welfare system. Her research has since focused on long-term socio-emotional outcomes following early adversities. As part of various interdisciplinary teams, she has supported the design and data collection of longitudinal studies, led quantitative data analyses of U.S. and international cohorts, and published peer-reviewed articles identifying protective factors in children’s social development. Dr. Reyes earned her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and PhD in Child and Family Studies, both from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Emily Smith Goering, PhD, MSW

Research Associate

Dr. Smith Goering is a social worker and researcher with experience in both the non-profit and government sectors. She has a background in state child welfare as a case worker, social work trainer, and as a quality assurance and data manager. Dr. Smith Goering co-leads the evaluation of 30 Days to Family® Ohio.


Prior to joining KI&E, Dr. Smith Goering was an Implementation Specialist for the federally funded National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative (NTI), and the Evaluation Manager at the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.). She received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Texas, Austin and a PhD in Social Work at the University of Maryland. Her areas of research include child welfare workforce issues, organizational culture and climate in child welfare systems, and foster care reentry. Dr. Smith Goering is appointed by the DC City Council as a member of the DC Citizen Review Panel on Child Abuse and Neglect and is a proud foster/adopt parent.

Brian Deakins, MSW

Director of Operations

Mr. Deakins is a social worker with fifteen years of experience with management and administration. His professional experience has focused on designing and evaluating federal technical assistance services intended to help state and local child welfare agencies, their workforces, and their partners with improving outcomes for children, youth, and families. Mr. Deakins oversees operations for KI&E.

Mr. Deakins joined KI&E after spending more than a decade as a project officer in the Children’s Bureau in the US Department of Health and Human Services. During his time with the Bureau, he led the restructuring of its national technical assistance to states and guided studies, conferences, and projects devoted to forging evaluation partnerships, improving implementation and effectiveness, bridging the gap between research and practice, and building capacity to perform rigorous and culturally appropriate evaluation in child welfare.

Stephanie Clone, MSW

Project Director

Stephanie Clone, MSW, has worked across a variety of social service systems to support the scaling of evidence-based programs to improve the lives of women and children. She is the Project Director for a large-scale statewide implementation and outcomes evaluation of Ohio Kinship and Adoption Navigator (OhioKAN) program. 


Ms. Clone started her career managing a statewide evaluation of innovative and evidence-based substance use disorder treatments. In this role she provided training and technical assistance across 33 county substance use disorder provider agencies and developed supports to facilitate high-quality implementation of these programs.  Recently, Ms. Clone managed two large federally funded evaluation projects in Washington, DC through Georgetown University’s Center for Child and Human Development. One project focused on family engagement in a child maltreatment prevention program and the second assessed the implementation of evidence-based programs to support early childhood mental health in Washington, DC. Across both projects, Ms. Clone led and supported data planning, collection, and analysis and developed partnerships with local child, youth, and family serving agencies.  

Grace Skiles, MA

Ms. Skiles is an experienced instructor, coordinator, and evaluator of youth development and mentorship programs. She leads KI&E’s collection and analysis of data from the evaluation of Jim Casey Initiative’s Youth Leadership Institute (YLI).

Ms. Skiles recently received her MA in Positive Developmental Psychology and Evaluation from Claremont Graduate University. While completing her degree, she worked as an evaluation associate for the Claremont Evaluation Center where she applied both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Ms. Skiles strives to use high quality evaluation practice to empower people, programs, and communities.

Research Associate

Indra Amaro Gómez, MPH

Research Associate

Ms. Amaro Gómez is a public health professional whose research experience has included a focus on quality assurance among community-based organizations participating in implementation evaluation studies. As a native Spanish speaker, she uses her linguistic skills and cultural perspective to inform all aspects of her work and research. Ms. Amaro Gómez leads analysis of community mapping data and supports continuous quality improvement analysis and reporting on the OhioKAN evaluation. 


Ms. Amaro Gómez began her career in local and international program implementation and evaluation, supporting health literacy promotion for immigrant mothers and their young children living in Washington D.C., and international efforts to alleviate world hunger. Before her time at KI&E, Ms. Amaro Gómez was in charge of data gathering, management, and analysis for a federally funded project that was evaluating outcomes in infant and early childhood mental health. She is committed to promoting inclusive implementation and evaluation practices within the fields of child welfare, maternal and child health, and early childhood. Ms. Amaro Gómez earned her MPH in Global Health Policy from George Washington University.

Elisa Rosman, PhD, MA


Dr. Rosman has spent nearly two decades working as a consultant on issues around early care, education, and adoption. She has worked on a variety of projects, including grant writing, performing evaluation project management, advising on a replication of an Early Head Start model, and writing adoption-related articles. Dr. Rosman has a particular interest in translating research and information to make it most useful for families and practice, and she has a longstanding relationship with KI&E, performing qualitative analysis and technical writing to support its work.


Among her other roles, Dr. Rosman currently serves as the Evaluation Consultant for Formed Families Forward, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting foster, kinship, and adoptive families of children and youth with disabilities and other special needs in Northern Virginia.  She earned her MA in infant and early childhood special education from George Washington University and her Ph.D. in Community Psychology from New York University.