Who We Are
Program evaluation research is a great way for counseling and counselor education
programs to have a meaningful impact on their community. As funding streams for vital
educational and therapeutic programs become contingent upon "proving" that they are
worthwhile the need for meaningful evaluation by qualified professionals has continued
to increase. PERC provides team members an opportunity to support these groups through
involvement with underrepresented institutions that positively affects the local economic,
educational, or social systems.
PERC is dedicated to providing the systematic evaluation of community-based programming
to individuals and agencies that help underserved or marginalized populations in the
Mid-South and beyond. Of specific interest are establishing cooperative partnerships
with educational programs (K-12 and post-secondary) and community counseling service
providers facing funding shortages in the absence of evidence-supported practices.
Goal and Objectives
The overarching goal of PERC is to provide free services to the individuals, groups,
agencies, and organizations that have positive social implications and promote practical
changes for the citizens of our community. We recognize that achieving this goal will
require partnership, team work, training, mentoring, and support. This noted, we present
the following set of objectives that we believe will foster meaningful social change
and engagement in worthwhile scholarly activities:
- Identify community needs
- Establish community-based partnerships with relevant individuals, groups, agencies,
- Develop research questions with meaningful social implications
- Implement varied research methods including single-case research designs, between
groups designs, and qualitative inquiries
- Disseminate findings to community stakeholders through oral presentations and formal
- Disseminate findings to the professional counseling and counselor education community
through conference presentation, conducting symposia, and peer-reviewed publications.
- Develop student aptitude for research, mentoring, and professional service.
If you are interested in learning more about PERC or becoming involved as an affiliate
or team member please contact Dr.s Lenz and Lancaster using the information provided
Chloe Lancaster, Ph.D., CSC, 361-563-5035
Stephen Lenz, Ph.D., LPC, 901-678-1413