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.