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Congratulations Randi Wood and Colorado State EAP!

Employee Assistance Research Foundation Issues $100,000 Grant to OMNI Group for New EAP Research Project


ARLINGTON, VA, JULY 17, 2013–The Employee Assistance Research Foundation (EARF) announces the winner of its most recent call for research grant proposals. The OMNI Institute, based in Denver, CO, will receive a $100,000 grant, plus 12% of that amount for indirect costs, to conduct a 14-month study at the Colorado State EAP, “Impact of Employee Assistance Services on Workplace Outcomes,” with results to be submitted to the EARF Board of Directors in late 2014.


OMNI, founded in 1976, is a nonprofit social science agency. It specializes in a variety of applied research areas including behavioral and public health, juvenile and criminal justice, education and early childhood, and youth development and prevention.


“This study will provide the EAP field with a much-needed, stronger, more empirical research base, particularly with the current focus on the importance of outcomes,” says EARF Founder and

President Carl Tisone. This is EARF’s third research grant. In 2011 the Foundation awarded $40,000 grants to both ISW Limits and the National Behavioral Consortium, whose work was published earlier this year.


OMNI’s Director of Research and Evaluation, Melissa Richmond, PhD, will serve as the principal investigator for the study. She oversees state and locally funded research and evaluation projects, including the evaluation of Colorado’s Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) initiative. SBIRT Colorado provided the context wherein OMNI’s work with the Colorado State Employee Assistance Program began, and through which the EARF-funded project was identified as a way to contribute to the EAP research field. She has published research findings in scientific journals such as the Journal of Family Psychology and Substance Abuse.


The Employee Assistance Research Foundation was formed to stimulate innovative, rigorous, and theory-based research activities. That research will promote excellence in the delivery of employee assistance services throughout the world, assist in attraction and recruitment of outstanding scholars to conduct research, bridge the gaps between knowledge and practice by translating valid research findings into policy and practice, and promote and support effective measurement practices, performance tools, and outcome criteria.




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