About Crocker Institute

Crocker Institute is a consulting firm that provides strategic planning and program evaluation services to help nonprofit organizations determine if they are meeting their mission and goals. We also offer user experience research to commercial businesses.

Evaluation is critical to the success of an organization. It provides the tools to understand if an organization is meeting its mission, the means to reach its goals, and whether it is achieving its desired impact. User experience research is critical for product development and improvement.  

We can perform all phases of research including initial research goal and design, creation of survey instruments, collecting data by secure web, telephone or in-person interviews, or conducting focus groups. When research is completed, we can produce papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals, white papers, or company reports.  Crocker Institute adheres to the highest ethical standards in conducting research, and uses an independent IRB to provide oversight of studies involving human participants that are intended for peer-reviewed academic publication.

Dr. Menard is a member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and the Interaction Design Foundation

Previous clients have included major universities, the federal government, and national nonprofit organizations. 

Please contact us if you would like to discuss a potential project. We offer a 30-minute consult at no cost, and special pricing for smaller nonprofit organizations and local organizations in the Charleston, SC area.   



About Martha Brown Menard, PhD, LMT Executive Director

I'm a research methodologist. Tell me what you want to know, and I can help you design a study to answer your question using quantitative methods, qualitative methods, or a combination of the two. I enjoy helping organizations and people in those organizations think critically about the issues they face—to see the bigger picture—and assess their outcomes and impact using a variety of approaches. I also work on my own research projects as an independent scholar. Before I founded Crocker Institute, I worked as an integrative health care practitioner and educator for many years, and have written a textbook for health professions students and practitioners, Making Sense of Research, a thorough guide to critically evaluating research. In 2015, I received a lifetime achievement award for my contributions to education.

I work with several national nonprofit organizations. Recently, I have been working with the Samueli Institute as guest faculty for their Chronic Pain Breakthrough Collaborative. I am currently consulting on multiple projects for the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health. In addition to consulting on research and evaluation, I am a guest lecturer at Georgetown University Medical Center, and previously served as an editor for the journal Global Advances in Health and Medicine. I'm a member of the American Evaluation Association.