|Donald E. Pryor, Ph.D.
Director of Human Services Analysis
Human services, criminal justice, children and youth services, community indicators, education, program evaluation
Dr. Pryor has directed 3 studies for which CGR has won the Most Distinguished Research Award from the Governmental Research Association, the national organization of professionals engaged in governmental research. The most recent award was in 2007 for a comprehensive assessment of, and recommendations for, a New York county’s criminal justice system. Previous awards involved an assessment of a city’s early childhood needs, and a county’s youth service needs.
During his distinguished career Dr. Pryor has directed, consulted on, and critiqued a wide variety of research projects in the public, nonprofit and private sectors at local, state and national levels. His work has led to improved services and millions of dollars in direct savings to taxpayers. Dr. Pryor’s expertise encompasses human service delivery, assessments of community needs and resources, criminal justice practices, educational reform, program evaluations, policy analysis, social indicators, and governmental management and organization.
- Facilitation of a process in Fulton County NY to help the Board of Supervisors determine the future of the county-operated nursing home and certified home health agency
- Assessment of options for Genesee County NY Legislature as it makes decisions about the county-operated skilled nursing facility, adult home, and adult day care program
- Assessment for Washington County NY of future options for the county’s nursing home and home health agencies
- Assessment for Orange County NY of future options for the county’s nursing home
- Assessment of impact of proposed staff reductions on future ability of Nassau County Youth Board to support community-based youth services, and development of blueprint for cost-effective changes to maintain key services
- Development of blueprint for effective delivery of comprehensive services for veterans and families, in partnership with Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester
- Development of numerous community indicators / community profiles projects to help stimulate community solutions to critical challenges
- Assessment, across NYS, of the services, costs and impact of Independent Living Centers, which serve individuals with disabilities
- Assessment of gaps in services provided veterans in 5 upstate NY counties, with a focus on strengthening reintegration of veterans into families / communities
- Development of a NYS-wide evaluation process to assess the implementation and impact of 2-1-1 call centers
- Development and facilitation of a community advisory council to help strengthen the provision of child protective services in upstate NY county
- County government management studies leading to streamlined government, improved efficiency and enhanced public service
- Cost/benefit evaluations at the local and state level (e.g., human services delivery systems, mental health services, integrated services for children and families)
- Assessments of criminal justice practices and opportunities to reduce costs, specifically including alternative to incarceration programs and their impact on jail numbers
- Educational studies, including cost-effective, efficient delivery of educational services; program evaluations; needs assessments; school reorganizations; and shared services
- Assessments of resources, needs and service gaps in a wide range of areas for governments, United Ways, nonprofit agencies and community groups to help leaders achieve desired outcomes for their communities (e.g., housing, county-owned nursing homes, subsidized childcare, consolidation of services)
- Evaluations of programs serving at-risk youth
- Identification of the met and unmet service needs of preschool and early childhood youth, and recommendations for the future
- Public health planning studies
- Review of management, fiscal, operational and service components of a county’s human service delivery system
B.A. in Psychology from Randolph-Macon College, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology from Purdue University
Dr. Pryor has served as CGR’s Director of Human Services Analysis since 1982. Previously he directed research for the Washington D.C.-based Pretrial Services Resource Center and worked in various capacities for Xerox Corporation and the General Motors Institute.