The Rucks Group

Formed in 2008, by Dr. Lana Rucks the firm has evolved to focus as essentially an applied social science research firm. We are an Ohio certified MBE/EDGE business located in The Entrepreneurs Center in downtown Dayton.

The Rucks Group is different from many other evaluation entities because we are able to marry together high levels of technical expertise with an accessible personable approach.

Because of our uniqueness, over the past ten plus years we have grown from working primarily within Dayton (Ohio) to touching projects through the east, mid-west, and southern quadrants of the US.

While we are a research and consulting firm that gathers, analyzes, and interprets data to enable our clients to measure the impact of their work, our mission is to maximize the return of resources invested in initiatives, and our vision is improved decision-making through data and thoughtful analysis.

Our Areas of Expertise

Here are a few examples of industries that we excel in. This is merely a small example of the variety of project types that we have worked on over the past several years.

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    Public Health

    Policies implemented to improve on the healthfulness of the target population.

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    Workforce Development

    Programs designed to transition displaced workers competitively back into the workforce.

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    Education & Learning

    Innovative K16 initiatives to increase students’ success in college and beyond.

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    Stem Fields

    Projects addressing the need to recruit students and workers into STEM and related fields.

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    Foundation Funding

    Meeting stakeholders evidence expectations of endeavors funded through foundations.

Client Success Studies


Evaluation planning for grant funding

eCivis is a comprehensive grants management provider of products and services. Through their grant management system they support grant seeking entities at all stages of the grant seeking and management phases. The Rucks Group has...READ MORE


Data collection to measure success

This teacher professional development project focused on having teachers develop inquiry based lesson plans for STEM related classes with an emphasis on current technology during a two week intensive workshop. An additional...READ MORE


Report writing

In 2009, Central State University was awarded a five-year grant from the National Institute of Health to significantly increase their research capacity through. Although they had worked with an internal evaluator...READ MORE


Evaluating programs for decision-making

EvaluATE is a national resource center dedicated to supporting and improving the evaluation practices of approximately 250 National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (NSF ATE) projects across the country...READ MORE


Our work is guided by high ethical standards reflected in U.S. Health and Human Services, Federal Agency related guidelines & most importantly the guiding principles of the American Evaluation Association

Our Team

Internal Members

Lana J. Rucks Ph.D. Founder & Principal Consultant

Dr. Lana J. Rucks has extensive professional and educational experience within research, program evaluation, and measurement. Dr. Rucks has led several evaluative initiatives including projects funded by the Center for Disease Control and the National Science Foundation. She possesses deep expertise in rigorous research methodology, evaluation design & implementation, and data analysis (including qualitative and quantitative analysis). She holds a doctorate degree in Social Psychology with a concentration in quantitative methods from The Ohio State University (OSU). Dr. Rucks also holds two Master of Arts degrees within Social Psychology and Experimental Psychology from OSU and the University of Dayton, respectively.

Jeremy Schwob, M.A. Research and Evaluation Associate

Jeremy Schwob is a graduate of the University of Dayton (UD) with a master's degree in clinical psychology. While working on his bachelor's degree in psychology at UD, he was a member of the Psi Chi International Honor Society in psychology. During his time at UD, Jeremy conducted research on various topics, including: personality, cognition, anxiety, and depression. His master's thesis used an experimental design to investigate the influence of a smartphone application in treating adult anxiety. For this project, Jeremy was awarded the Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship in 2014. At The Rucks Group, Jeremy works on the various aspects of our evaluation and research projects. He is a member of the American Evaluation Association, Midwestern Psychological Association, and the Ohio Program Evaluators’ Group.

Joe Williams Research Assistant

Joe Williams began working with The Rucks Group in May 2015 as an intern. He later transitioned into a part-time position while he was finishing his undergraduate studies at the University of Dayton (UD) with a major in psychology and a minor in sociology. Upon graduating in December 2015, he will work close to full-time until he begins graduate school in the fall. While at UD, he worked on several research projects with professors in the psychology department. He hopes to continue some of this work after graduating. At The Rucks Group, Joe serves as our “surveymaster” which includes setting up and managing our survey distribution. Also, he is involved with cleaning data and preparing it for analysis.

Kathleen Golterman Research Assistant

Kathleen Golterman is a junior at the University of Dayton (UD), working towards a B.A. in Psychology with Marketing and Communication minors. In addition to her position as an intern at The Rucks Group, Kathleen is a committed Honors student at UD. As a member of the Honors Program, she is completing an Honors Thesis with a social psychological focus. Kathleen holds a Research Lab Assistant position in the Psychology department. In this role, she works with a faculty advisor and graduate students to collect, record, and analyze data. Additionally, Kathleen holds a Director position on the Campus Activities Board, UD’s student-programming organization. Kathleen will graduate from UD in May 2017.

External Members

Carla Clasen M.P.H., R.N. Senior Evaluator

Ms. Clasen has worked in the field of evaluation for nearly 20 years. While employed at the Center for Healthy Communities at Wright State University, she conducted program evaluations and research for the Center, for nonprofit and educational organizations in Dayton, and statewide and regional evaluations. Evaluation work conducted for the Center included projects funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the U.S. Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, and the Ohio Department of Mental Health. She works currently as an independent consultant. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association and the chapter affiliate.

Camille Johnson Ph.D. Evaluation & Research Advisor

Dr. Camille Johnson joined The Rucks Group in 2008 and is a tenured Associate Professor of Management and Director of the Behavioral and Applied Research Group at San Jose State University (SJSU). She has authored 11 peer reviewed journal articles. Dr. Johnson is Principal Investigator on a NSF funded project, Directed Comparisons as Social Influences. Additionally, she serves as the faculty chair of the SJSU accreditation committee where she oversees all aspects of assembling the accreditation report. She is also on the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed journals Social Cognition and Self and Identity. Dr. Johnson completed her doctorate degree in Social Psychology with a concentration in Quantitative Methods at The Ohio State University and completed her post-doctorate training at Stanford University.

Ronald Katsuyama Ph.D. Senior Evaluator

Dr. Ron Katsuyama is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Dayton. Dr. Katsuyama started working with The Rucks Group in 2010. His research includes evaluation of character education programs across the country, and Ohio anti-tobacco, drug treatment, urban renewal, and prejudice reduction programs. He has authored dozens of evaluation reports. He is active in his community, serving on many boards, including the Federation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR), a Hate Crimes Task Force that he chaired. His work with FAIR was recognized by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, which awarded him Certificates of Recognition in 2002 and 2003. Dr. Katsuyama received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.

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