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The "Tidwell Team" consists of professionals with expertise in several key areas that serve as consultants to Tidwell and Associates, Inc. The team is made up of Dr. Nina R. Brown, Dr. JoAnn Cox, Dr. Brooke Culclasure, Dr. Katherine H. Duffy, Dr. Pam Imm, Ms. Maria McCall, and Ms. Catherine Snyder. Short biographies highlighting each consultant's background and areas of interest are provided here. Please let us know if you would like further information. Thank you.


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Dr. Nina Brown

Dr. Nina R. Brown holds a Ph.D. in program evaluation and measurement from Florida State University and has over 25 years of experience conducting evaluations and policy analysis in a wide range of education and human services programs. Her specific areas of expertise include program evaluation, performance management, quality improvement, strategic planning, and staff development. She has worked in the private sector as an evaluation consultant for 15 years and is an experienced administrator in state government where she held managerial positions for over 10 years. Her extensive consulting and management experience has included K-12 education, early care and education, early intervention, child abuse and neglect prevention, child welfare, substance abuse, mental health, developmental disabilities, juvenile justice, economic self-sufficiency services, aging, health, and Medicaid.

Dr. Brown has served as project director for numerous statewide evaluation studies, both state funded and federally funded. She is particularly skilled at designing Web-based data collection strategies to gather a wide range of process and outcome data. Assisting project staff to develop their own capacity for evaluation is a particular interest.


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Dr. JoAnn Cox has her doctorate in Education Administration from Florida State University and has held various positions in education for over 35 years, including 13 years of teaching in a high priority school in Florida. Her experience includes working at the district level as a curriculum specialist and the Florida Department of Education as a state school improvement leader with high-needs schools, as well as working on state efficiency and effectiveness review teams. In the past 15 years, Dr. Cox has earned a national reputation as one of the most accomplished consultants on improving outcomes and generating savings for financially challenged organizations. Dr. Cox has expertise in district organization and management, strategic planning, K-12 curriculum and instruction, parent and community involvement, and school district operational efficiency. Dr. Cox’s consultative experience includes extensive project management and project director expertise, leading diverse teams of professional consultants in over 150 school district efficiency and effectiveness reviews in 34 states. Dr. Cox has completed Yellow Book Auditing training; her strengths in understanding district programs ensures that operational efficiency recommendations are in alignment with the districts’ goals for positive student outcomes.  Additionally, she adjunct teaches in the Educational Leadership Departments for two universities and has second residence in North Carolina. 


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Dr. Brooke Culclasure is Research Director at the Riley Institute's Center for Education Policy and Leadership (CEPL). The Riley Institute is a multi-faceted, non-partisan institute affiliated with the Department of Political Science at Furman University. In her current role as Research Director, Dr. Culclasure coordinates education-related research projects, serves on the grant writing and fundraising team, and serves as program evaluator for Emerging Public Leaders program and the White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship, which trains individuals to lead policy change in the realm of afterschool and expanded learning opportunities for students.

Currently, Dr. Culclasure is the principal investigator of the South Carolina Public School Montessori Evaluation Project. This evaluation, over a five-year period, will develop a full understanding of how public school Montessori programs impact a range of education stakeholders in South Carolina. Evaluators will first conduct a statewide fidelity to the model study on the 24 districts that offer Montessori education in the South Carolina public schools, and then will conduct a comprehensive longitudinal study to determine the extent to which the Montessori program impacts student achievement, discipline, progression, and a variety of affective outcomes.

Dr. Culclasure also is currently serving as an evaluator with MGT of America in conducting site visits to five Florida districts as part of an evaluation of the revised principal and teacher evaluation systems.  (See project description earlier in this document).

From 2005 to 2008, Dr. Culclasure coordinated the Riley Institute's Hewlett-funded research project on public education in South Carolina. This comprehensive mixed-method study looked at, through focus group and survey research, how South Carolina should effectively redesign public schools to prepare students to graduate, succeed in college or career training, and compete in the global marketplace. Dr. Culclasure provided oversight for all aspects of the research, including instrument development, data collection, data analysis, and presentation of results. She then, from 2008-2011, led the WhatWorksSC initiative, which tied these research findings to a number of promising in-state initiatives to serve as a resource for educators, students, the community, and policy makers. WhatWorksSC includes a policy paper series, an evolving clearinghouse, and a series of case studies.

Dr. Culclasure completed her undergraduate work at the University of Richmond in Leadership Studies and Journalism, and earned Masters Degrees from the University of Virginia in American Politics and the University of South Carolina in Higher Education Administration. She went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in Education Policy.

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Dr. Katherine H. Duffy

Dr. Katherine Duffy has extensive experience in community and organizational planning. As Executive Director of the 12 county Palmetto-Lowcountry Health Systems Agency, she was responsible for the development of long range and annual plans for the 12 county area. These plans highlighted the health needs of children, families, and communities. The agency also established benchmarks so the counties could measure their progress.

Dr. Duffy has assisted communities throughout South Carolina in identifying needs and developing plans to meet those needs as well as objectives by which they could evaluate outcomes. Comprehensive community studies have been performed for the counties of Anderson, Abbeville, Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley, and Georgetown. Dr. Duffy has also developed plans for neighborhoods and community organizations. She completed a strategic plan for the 22 poor neighborhoods that comprise the Charleston Enterprise Community and communities in the City of North Charleston. Dr. Duffy has developed strategic plans for numerous organizations including Family Services, Inc. and the Children's Center in Columbia.

Dr. Duffy is very familiar with the needs of children in South Carolina. Dr. Duffy has helped develop and evaluate education and mental health programs for children. She has analyzed the foster care and child abuse system for the South Carolina Department of Social Services and the United Way of South Carolina. Her work includes an assessment of the roles of DHEC and the Department of Education in comprehensive school health programs for children. Dr. Duffy has assisted the City of Charleston in the development of a system for promoting children's health. and has served on the statewide Success By Six Advisory Committee.

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Dr. Pam Imm

Dr. Imm received her Ph.D. in clinical/community psychology from The University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina. She has extensive experience in the areas of training, technical assistance, and program evaluation of prevention and intervention programs/strategies. In 1999, she co-authored the initial Getting to Outcomes (GTO) system initially published by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP). This included the development of a training component that has been provided to members of over 250 community coalitions throughout the United States who were recipients of the Drug-Free Communities Support Program.

Since that time, Dr. Imm and her colleagues have further developed and implemented training and technical assistance on the GTO Model. In 2003, she worked with The University of South Carolina and the RAND Corporation in California to develop and refine a comprehensive GTO training and technical assistance model funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This included implementation and monitoring of technical assistance modules provided to community coalitions and their programs.

Dr. Imm continues to provide training and technical assistance to a variety of local, state, and national agencies, including the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Department of Education (national and state levels), the Community Anti Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and the Centers for the Advancement of Prevention Technologies (CAPTS) located throughout the United States. This includes training and technical assistance on models of evaluation, strategies for coalition building, and methods for how coalitions can provide mentoring to newly forming coalitions. Over the last 15 years, Dr. Imm has also provided training and technical assistance to private foundations (non-profit, community foundations and private companies that serve clients in the areas of community health, community development, and community research. Dr Imm is also a certified specialist in the Concern Based Adoption Model (CBAM) developed to assess utilization of new and innovative methods.

In 2006, Dr. Imm and her colleagues worked with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to develop a written resource to plan, implement, and evaluate environmental strategies to reduce underage drinking. The book, Preventing Underage Drinking: Using the Getting to Outcomes Model and the Strategic Prevention Framework to Achieve Results, was co-authored by Join Together from Boston University, and published by the RAND Corporation. It includes evidence-based environmental strategies to prevent underage drinking and tools along with worksheets for planning, implementing, and evaluating the environmental strategies.

A recent work co-authored by Dr. Imm is the Getting to Outcomes Model with Developmental Assets. This document, published by the Search Institute, includes specific strategies for how to best plan, implement, and evaluate the integration of developmental assets at the program and community levels. Training modules on the GTO-Assets model are available and are being implemented throughout the United States. Dr. Imm worked with SAMHSA to finalize the Strategic Prevention Framework that is integrated as a best practice model for prevention and intervention within several federal agencies.


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Ms. Maria McCall is a project development and evaluation consultant who writes grants, evaluates programs, and provides research-based technical assistance to ensure that projects are implemented with fidelity to their design.  She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work with a focus on the interaction between systemic functioning and client behavior.

Her experience in program evaluation includes the development of data collection instruments, interview protocols, and statistical reports for documenting and disseminating evidence of program effects and outcomes.  Projects and modalities assessed include adolescent substance abuse treatment programs, alcohol and other drug prevention programming, and juvenile justice programs for at-risk youth and juvenile offenders.


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Catherine J. Snyder

Ms. Snyder is an independent consultant who conducts research, evaluates programs, and develops large-scale assessment systems. She holds a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a Master’s Equivalent in Statistics from the University of Akron.

Ms. Snyder has extensive experience in designing research studies and analyzing the results of statewide educational programs. She has conducted and published the following statewide evaluations of strategies used by schools to impact the academic performance of youth: "Effectiveness of South Carolina’s Alternative Schools," "The impact of Reduced Class-Size on Student Performance," and "The Effects of School-to-Work and Career and Technology Schools-Within-Schools on Student Achievement.” She has also conducted on-going research on South Carolina's Early Childhood Development Program and a five year innovative program for improving the academic performance of at-risk students. Components of these evaluations relied heavily on in-depth needs analyses, development and utilization of qualitative research instruments (e.g., case tudies, interviews, surveys, and focus groups), as well as complex quantitative data analyses (ANCOVA, regression analyses, factor analysis, etc.). Ms. Snyder has many years of experience designing instruments for qualitative research (interview protocol, survey instruments, questionnaires, structured observations) that meet technical quality standards. She has also established and maintained student level databases containing demographic information, test results, and education program participation components. She has conducted all data needs, reporting requirements, collection processes, data analysis, evaluations, and reporting requirements. Ms. Snyder has conducted numerous comprehensive literature reviews and worked with content area advisory committees to establish research questions and evaluation design that maximize reliability and validity.

Ms. Snyder has developed reports and presented the results and outcomes of research projects to audiences statewide to inform policy decisions. She has presented the results and outcomes of these research projects to the State Board of Education, the Education Oversight Committee, the State School-to-Work Council, and members of numerous governing boards. She communicated research results and their implications in an understandable manner to state legislators, state advisory committees, and individuals from state agencies and private organizations.

Ms. Snyder was responsible for the development of the PACT ELA statewide assessments and worked on the development of the PACT mathematics and BSAP science assessments. She has also trained classroom teachers (kindergarten through 12th grade) to write assessment items in multiple formats. She provided technical assistance, training, and staff development to teachers and school/district personnel in the development, utilization, and evaluation of performance-based assessments and portfolios. Ms. Snyder has also conducted numerous workshops and training sessions for implementing the statewide testing program at the local level. She also assisted districts with problems related to the administration of local testing programs and with psychometric concerns related to interpretation of test data. In addition, Ms. Snyder developed training manuals and videotapes for school/district personnel involved with statewide testing programs.

During her tenure at the South Carolina Department of Education, Ms. Snyder managed several innovative grants, monitored goal attainment, and conducted appropriate reporting of results. She initiated a process for approving innovative courses and established accountability procedures for educational demonstration-site projects. The outcomes from these projects guided the development of new statewide educational policy and assessment systems. Ms. Snyder has also written grant proposals and conducted evaluations of grant activities for a local school district.

Ms. Snyder has submitted Requests for Proposals, established evaluation criteria, and assessed contractor’s qualification for statewide programs. She has been responsible for full contract management, strategic planning, interfacing with private industry representatives, and reporting annual achievement results to the public.

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