The NextStep team has over 30 years of research and evaluation experience. NextStep Evaluation approaches all projects from a collaborative perspective with an emphasis on mixed methods design, analysis and reporting. The members of the NSE team have worked with local, state, and national organizations on a wide variety of public health, early childhood education, mental and behavioral health, child welfare, organizational functioning, strategic planning, and collaborative development projects.
Over 30 years of experience
Dr. Virginia Dick
Dr. Dick has conducted extensive analysis of a variety of cross agency projects at the state and national level. She began her career focusing on early childhood education and has focused heavily throughout her career on work with educational programs focused on supporting children, youth, and families who are at highest risk. In addition to her previous position with child welfare agencies, she has served as public service faculty providing evaluation support to state agencies and other organizations throughout the state of Georgia. She has particular interest in child welfare and community support efforts. Currently, Dr. Dick is President of Next Step Evaluation and works with a wide range of community organizations as well as CDC and Georgia Family Connection Partnership. Other projects have included detailed process and outcome evaluations of a wide range of child welfare, public health, and mental health projects. For more information on Dr. Dick’s experience: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/virginia-dick/6/562/7b0
Dr. Malik Watkins
Six Sigma Black Belt
Survey Research Expertise
Quantitative data analysis
Qwynn is a strategic planning facilitator, moderator, and trainer. Her current focus is on pro-social activities primarily focused on building positive police and community partnerships. She is a doctoral candidate majoring in Industrial and Organizational Psychology with a specialization in forensic consulting. She holds a Master of Arts degree in professional counseling and a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice.
She is an Army Veteran with close to 20 years of experience working within the military, behavioral health, criminal justice, and community health arenas. In her day-to-day work, Qwynn serves as the Policy Academy Coordinator for the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families Technical Assistance (SMVF TA) Center at Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA). In her role, she plans and oversees national Policy Academy meetings and conferences, where states and territories are brought together to develop sustainable strategic plans. Additionally, she provides technical assistance to states, territories, and local communities working to strengthen their behavioral health systems for this special population.
She is also the spouse to a retired combat Army Veteran currently serving in law enforcement.