About Arbor Educational Consulting Inc.

Denise BuoteDirector: Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Arbor Educational and Clinical Consulting (est. 2006) is under the direction of Denise Buote, B.A., B.Ed. (U.B.C.), M.A. (U of Chicago) and Ph.D. (U.B.C). In. B.C., Denise has worked in the public school system as a teacher in French Immersion, general elementary classroom, a learning resource centre and a school district program for children with learning, emotional and behavioral challenges. She has also worked as a social worker for the Ministry for Children and Family Development. In the USA, Denise worked as a special education teacher, milieu therapist and individual therapist in a long-term residential treatment centre for children and adolescents who suffer from significant mental health issues as result of trauma and neglect. In addition, she spent time working as an individual therapist in an outpatient child and adolescent psychiatry unit at a large urban hospital. In Vancouver, she has a small private practice working with children, youth and families.

Denise has been an undergraduate and graduate lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia (focus on child and youth development and special education) and was Acting Research Director in the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Division for Continuing Professional Development and Knowledge Translation during 2007-2008. She has an extensive research and evaluation background specializing in various aspects of child, youth and adult education, mental health, health promotion, and well-being.

Denise has provided numerous workshops and intensive training sessions in Canada and abroad for schools and community organizations. These workshops and intensive training opportunities are created to meet the educational goals of organizations.

In addition to her work as a clinical counsellor, researcher, evaluator, and professional development trainer, she founded a charity in 2008 (www.bamboochildren.org) that aims to foster resiliency in children and adolescents through education and community-based programs in Canada and Indonesia.

Memberships include the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (registered clinical counsellor), Ministry of Education (certified teacher), Canadian Evaluation Society (credentialed evaluator), American Evaluation Association and the European Evaluation Society.

Research and Evaluation Associates

Patricia Berglund, M.B.A.: Based at the University of Michigan, Patricia Berglund is a Senior Research Associate in the Survey Methodology Program at the Institute for Social Research.  She has extensive experience in the use of computing systems for data management and complex sample survey data analysis. She works on research projects in youth substance abuse, adult mental health, and survey methodology using data from Army STARRS, Monitoring the Future, the National Comorbidity Surveys, World Mental Health Surveys, Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiology Surveys, and various other national and international surveys. In addition, she is involved in development, implementation, and teaching of analysis courses and computer training programs at the Survey Research Center-Institute for Social Research.  She lectures in the SAS® Institute-Business Knowledge Series and is the author of several academic publications and two books on statistical research methods.

Jane Cooper, M.Sc is a senior policy analyst with more than fifteen years experience in social science research and writing, working independently and as a contributing member of research teams. She has broad experience in designing and implementing qualitative and quantitative research methods, which have provided clients in government, non-profit and the private sector with evidence-based findings to help them make sound decisions about policy and program development. Ms. Cooper is an expert at finding reliable sources of information – people and publications – quickly and efficiently evaluating and analyzing the content, and writing clear and concise syntheses in a style that is accessible to the client. Ms. Cooper has worked for clients in Canada, and internationally in Central Asia, South Asia and Africa. Specialties: education and training, immigration issues, labour market issues, cross-cultural analysis of organizational and management issues, international development

Nancy Gharib, M.A.:  Nancy Gharib, President of Basi Consulting Group Inc. ( Basi Consulting Group) was a senior executive in federal government and brings fourteen years of experience as a senior advisor to two Directors General, program and policy analyst, performance measurement advisor, program and policy evaluator, manager, and Director in three Federal portfolios (health, social development, and employment), Basi associates also bring a combined 60 years of experience to research, evaluation and performance measurement projects, both strategically and technically.  Areas of expertise include: evaluation and performance measurement for publicly funded (grant and contribution) community development and capacity building programs, public and preventive health policy development; and social and environmental policy.

Stephanie Potter, Ph.D.: As Principal of SP Consulting (SP Consulting) and Senior Partner, The Whetstone Group, Dr. Potter specializes in socio-economic research, program review and evaluation, and social policy analysis, with a particular emphasis in the areas of disability, immigration, and labour market issues. Dr. Potter is a credentialed evaluator with the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES). Dr. Potter designed and taught a research methods course at Ryerson Polytechnic University called Making Sense of Applied Research Methods, and as a consultant, has designed and managed the research approach and methodology for a number of program reviews and evaluations. In the same capacity she has led the research for a number of projects focusing on health and disability, foreign credential recognition, and best practices in supporting labour market attachment among various vulnerable populations. Evaluation designs include formative, summative, developmental, utilization-focused, and collective impact; data collection methods include surveys, key informant interviews, statistical analysis, literature review, case study, focused discussion groups, and qualitative approaches such as Photovoice and Storytelling. Dr. Potter studied and applied Social Network Analysis theories and techniques as part of her dissertation, and also has expertise analyzing qualitative and quantitative data using tools like SPSS, SAS and NVivo, and online tools like SurveyMonkey. Stephanie combines sound theoretical methodological expertise with broad experience applying these methods to a range of substantive issues to produce rigorous reports which are also very practical in their focus. A highly capable communicator and writer, Stephanie applies her natural, dynamic leadership style to her multiple consulting and volunteer activities. Specialties: Social and economic integration of vulnerable groups, health and disability, program review and evaluation, policy analysis, social network analysis, participatory community development.

Other Collaborators

Given the diversity and scope of projects, other collaborators are included on the project team as needed. This includes complementing the team with consultants who have specific content, language and technical skills.