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


Rigor &


Applying Implementation Science & Practices


Evidence & Capacity

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. 

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.  

Kaye Implementation & Evaluation, LLC is a woman-owned small business based in the Washington, DC metro region.