Bill Evans

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Bill Evans

Professor, State Specialist


As the State Specialist for Youth Development, he routinely assesses the educational needs of the state using multiple methods and provides leadership in the development, implementation, and evaluation of education/prevention programs that address critical youth needs. In this role, he has provided leadership or was an active team member for numerous community needs assessment and asset mapping projects statewide. He also has been involved nationally and statewide in the development of a number of education programs focused on youth and their families that have emphasized the enhancement of life skills for youth, the prevention of youth violence and suicide, and the reduction of risky behaviors and delinquency. In addition, he engages in the evaluation of community-based programs and has been the lead evaluator on numerous regional and national projects.

Dr. Evans currently has multiple federally-funded grant projects on evaluation and youth issues, including directing the national cluster evaluation of the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) and developing and pilot testing a Text-enabled CVE Gatekeeper Help-line and Referral System.  He also teaches in the HDFS program and for the Social Psychology Interdisciplinary Program. Recent topics have included Family Theories, Program Evaluation and Development, and Research Methods.  His research interests include a variety of adolescent risk, resiliency, and developmental issues; and he has focused on youth worker issues, youth violence and suicide, adolescent risk and technology, adolescent sense of coherence, and the evaluation of community-based programs over the past several years.


B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills
Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles


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Heart & Hope: Family Violence Prevention Program

Program works to promote resiliency, strengthen positive future relationships and stop the domestic violence cycle


 As a developmental scientist and evaluation specialist, he has received over 5.5 million in extramural funding to support his research activities, has authored over 75 peer-reviewed journal articles, and has over 100 presentations at national and international conferences. He has served on numerous national advisory committees, including the Federal Interagency Working Group on Youth, the Land Grant University National Evaluation Outcome Committee, and the National Advisory Committee of the CDC Suicide Prevention Center.

News & Journal Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...

Fact Sheets
Nevada 4-H Annual Survey Summary Report - 2020
Annual survey of Nevada youth regarding their 4-H experiences
Maio, H., Chvilicek, S., Luckey, B., Evans, W., Stark, C., Chichester, L., Baker-Tingey, J. 2021, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-21-94
Nevada 4-H Annual Survey Summary Report 2018
youth survey on their 4-H experiences
J. Baker-Tingey, B. Luckey, W. Evans, C. Stark, S. Chvilicek, L. Chichester, A. Hernandez 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno FS-20-31
Professional Papers
Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) Fire Science Exchange Network: A National Evaluation of Initiative Impacts
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) Fire Science Exchange Network is composed of 15 Exchanges that act as boundary organizations tasked with improving fire science use within their respective regions. A survey conducted annually in 2011-2015 as part of a larger evaluation effort reveals significant impacts.
Maletsky, L.D., Evans, W.P., Singletary, L., and Sicafuse, L. 2018, Journal of Forestry, 2018, 116(4): 328-335
Special Publications
Nevada State Crop and Resource-Use Needs Assessment: Stakeholder Perspectives on Crop, Resource Use, Pest and General Agricultural Needs
Needs Assessment special publication for the state of Nevada, on crops, resource use, pest control, and general agricultural needs.
Walia, M., Snider, K., Evans, W., Weigel, D. 2021, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, SP-21-13
Needs Assessments Processes, Methods and Examples: Annotated Bibliography
This needs assessment annotated bibliography is planned as a companion resource for regional and state level trainings on needs assessments for Extension professionals. The resources covered will help support new Extension faculty onboarding efforts and can be used by those planning to engage in needs assessment activities.
V. Koundinya, W. Evans, C. Chiarella 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, SP-20-04
Family and Youth Services Detention Survey: A report of 2001 findings
This fact sheet contains extensive information on the Family and Youth Services Detention Survey by learning about the demographics of Spring Mountain and CCDFYS detention. Learn through detailed tables that list the demographic and categories with percentages and n value.
Letner, J., Brown, R., Killian, E., and Evans, B. 2001, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-02-01