Actus Policy Research

Rigorous Answers to Critical Program and Policy Questions

Knowledge Seekers

Actus Policy Research was founded with a single mission: to develop information to improve the effectiveness of programs and policies. We approach each of our clients with fresh eyes, to ask and answer critical research questions related to program performance. 


We provide federal, state, and local governments, non-profit and community-based organizations, federal grantees, and international organizations with deep content knowledge in the areas of workforce development, youth programming, international development, education, and juvenile

and criminal justice.

Contact us today and see what we can do for you.

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Our Services

Policymakers and practitioners rely on rigorous information to know if their programs achieve what they are intended to achieve, how well they are doing it, and what can be done to improve program performance. Actus Policy Research improves the effectiveness of social programs and policies through evaluation, research and analysis, and technical assistance.


Program Evaluation

Our researchers develop robust evidence on program effectiveness and provide actionable recommendations.  Using state-of-the-art design, including randomized control trial and quasi-experimental impact, outcome and process evaluation studies, we assess the effectiveness of social policy interventions.

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Research and Analysis

We provide clients with information and expert insights about their policies and programs.  We conduct literature reviews; prepare white papers; analyze quantitative and qualitative data; conduct interviews, focus groups and surveys; and prepare reports that are rigorous yet accessible to varied audiences. Our researchers have experience working with a wide range of clients, including the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Department of Education, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, and workforce agencies and grantees in more than 20 states.

Technical Assistance

With years of experience, our staff provides expert support to policymakers and practitioners to develop, monitor, and evaluate social policy interventions.  We develop and administer surveys and create management information systems to monitor program activities and participant experiences. We analyze administrative data to inform program operations.  Our team helps stakeholders identify program best practices, develop indicators of program success, and provide continuous feedback to improve program design and efficacy.

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Active Projects

Evaluation Spotlight ...

  • Client:  Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board. Actus researchers are applying their methodological expertise to a Net Impact and Cost-Benefit Evaluation of Washington State's Workforce Training System.  

  • Client:  College of William and Mary.  For this  IDIQ contract,W&M has sought Actus' rigorous research and evaluation expertise for a range of international projects within their Global Research Institute .

  • Client:  U.S. Department of Labor.  Under subcontract to Summit Consulting, Actus is helping to assess the degree to which specific Unemployment Insurance policies and practices drive claimant non-compliance with state work search requirements.

  • Client:  Miami Dade (MD) College Third-Party Evaluation. This IDIQ contract accesses Actus' research design and implementation expertise for evaluations of federally-funded grant programs.

  • Client:  Valencia Community College.  Under subcontract to Shaffer Evaluation Group, Actus researchers provide detailed data analysis for an evaluation of the Art of Tommorow Scholars Program which provides high schools students with educational experiences and orienation to Arts and Entertainment career pathways.


Who We Are

Actus Policy Research works with a team of highly-skilled researchers with advanced degrees in economics, public policy, and education, among others.  We are experts in rigorous statistical methods and quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis.  Developing findings that are both rigorous and accessible, we work collaboratively with our clients to implement research-driven policy recommendations and program improvements.  Read below to learn more

about our founder.

Eileen Poe-Yamagata

Founder and Principal Researcher

Eileen Poe-Yamagata brings 25 years of experience conducting and leading research and evaluations of complex social programs and policies.  Whether it's leading a multi-year, multimillion-dollar research study for a federal client or a quick turnaround study for a local non-profit, Eileen has what it takes to make a project succeed.


Eileen has spent much of her career evaluating programs designed to reduce barriers to workforce participation among vulnerable populations, including youth, low-skilled workers, juvenile and adult offenders, and people with disabilities.  She has successfully led numerous impact, outcome and implementation studies for the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Justice and has served as third-party evaluator for major grant initiatives for state, local and non-profit clients.  Eileen holds an M.S. in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. 


Contact Us

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Actus Policy Research, LLC

P.O. Box 1792

Rockville, MD 20849

(301) 461-2034