About Crocker Institute

Our mission is to:

  • improve organizations; 
  • promote the practice of evidence-informed health care, and;
  • foster critical and creative thinking skills.

Crocker Institute accomplishes this mission by providing strategic planning, program evaluation, and enterprise architecture services to help organizations determine if they are meeting their mission and goals. Crocker Institute also conducts independent research in healthcare and technology, including cybersecurity and big data.

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. Enterprise architecture provides a blueprint for delivering the future, by documenting the current state of an organization, and the necessary steps for getting to its desired future state. Together, these two methodologies provide a powerful framework for continuous 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. We can deliver traditional print publications or dynamic web and mobile content. Dr. Menard or Mr. Crocker are available to present research findings at conferences or company meetings. Crocker Institute adheres to the highest ethical standards in conducting research, and uses an independent IRB to provide oversight of studies involving human participants.

Our principals each have over 30 years of experience in their respective fields. Dr. Menard is a member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Mr. Crocker is a member of the American Enterprise Architecture Associate (AEA).  Together Dr. Menard and Mr. Crocker are able to evaluate all aspects of an organization. 

Previous clients have included major universities, the federal government, and national nonprofit organizations. We especially enjoy working with health care institutions wanting to incorporate integrative therapies and practitioners into clinical settings, particularly for pain management and oncology. We also help organizations ensure the safety of protected health information (PHI). 

Crocker Institute is now a benefit corporation, one of only five in South Carolina. A benefit corporation is a for-profit organization that serves a public good--in our case, healthcare research and education--and does so in such a way that it has a positive impact on the environment. We also evaluate how well we are meeting our mission using an independent third-party standard, and publish an annual report. 2016 is our first year of incorporation, so look for our annual report (which will be posted on the website) in spring 2017.

2016 is also when we will begin offering interactive online courses on individual mentoring for case reports/case studies and evidence-informed practice. Please click Subscribe to join our mailing list for updates as courses become available. 

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 co-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 member of the faculty at Saybrook University, a guest lecturer at Georgetown University Medical Center, and serve as an editor for the journal Global Advances in Health and Medicine. I'm a member of the American Evaluation Association, and the American Educational Research Association.

Right now, I'm excited about two current projects: 1) ongoing development of the CaseRe3 repository, and 2) creating online courses to promote evidence-informed practice and to develop research capacity, focusing on case reports. 

My textbook, Making Sense of Research, is available through Amazon as a Kindle book or in softcover. If you would like to order multiple copies at a discounted rate for your school or organization, please contact me directly.

About Nathaniel Crocker, Chief Information Officer

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I’m a big picture thinker, which is why I became a certified enterprise architect. An enterprise architect gathers different kinds of information about an organization—the full scope of a business or nonprofit, for example—and documents the current state of an organization so that a blueprint for the desired future state of the organization can be created. It’s very similar to program evaluation, only from a more technical standpoint. Working together, Dr. Menard and I use our complementary skill sets to help organizations be successful in consistently meeting their mission.

I have developed my own EA Methodology and use it to quickly create blueprints to help organizations document their legacy environments to provide governance and maintain their current state of operations, while helping them navigate change to create future success. I’ve consulted for Federal government agencies, state and local governments, and nonprofits. I have thirty years of innovating and implementing technology. I invented blade servers, built the nation’s first Metro Ethernet Network and created software as a service solutions (SaaS) years before Salesforce.

Prior to co-founding Crocker Institute, I worked for businesses and local governments as a CTO and CIO. I am a member of the American Enterprise Architecture Association. I write for Federal Technology Insider, and am currently authoring a book on Digital Transformation and the current technology revolution. Look for a preview and the book launch on Inkshares in late 2016.

About Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island, located in the Lowcountry area of South Carolina, is a barrier island with a maritime forest, a rich maritime habitat, and 10 miles of pristine beach. Since 1974 it has been a planned development, with a small residential community that balances business and tourism with ecological sensitivity. One of the best things about living here, besides the weather, is the abundance of wildlife. So much that we have a town biologist. Kiawah is home to many species of resident and migratory birds, river otters, foxes, bobcats, alligators, strand-feeding dolphins, and sea turtles who nest here. To learn more about the natural environment of Kiawah Island and its wildlife, please visit the town's website.  Thanks to the Island Connection, Kiawah Conservancy, and Town of Kiawah for many of these stunning photos.

Kiawah is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled beaches on the East Coast, and we consider ourselves fortunate to live here. Most days, weather permitting, we spend time outside and always bring binoculars. You can see why.