The Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI) is an interdisciplinary training institute for evaluation studies at the University of Minnesota. We produce high-quality evaluators with theoretical, technical, and practical training, and we are committed to supporting evaluation that values stakeholder participation and collaboration. MESI is part of the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) in the College of Education and Human Development. We are unique in bringing together faculty expertise from the college, the School of Public Health, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, and Minnesota Extension.


  • Provide full-range of evaluation services to community agencies and University departments
  • Facilitate evaluation training and professional development
  • Provide evaluation consulting, technical assistance, and capacity building for organizations
  • Facilitate and draw from an interdisciplinary network of program evaluators across the University
  • Conduct research and development for program evaluation


If you are interested in working with MESI or exploring how MESI can assist you with your evaluation efforts, please contact us. After answering a few questions in our online form and having a short conversation with MESI staff, we can develop a proposal for evaluation work to fit your organization needs and budget. Contact us at: 612-626-3823 | evaluation.umn.edu | mesi@umn.edu


Thank you to the over 200 individuals who joined us on July 10 for our summer community evaluation gathering at the Neighborhood House. As was announced, MESI is currently convening a community advisory group. Please contact Melissa Haynes for further details.

The 2015 Spring Training will be held March 9 – 13 on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota. Plan to join us, as we will be celebrating the International Year of Evaluation and the 20th anniversary of MESI Spring Training! The theme is Social Justice Amidst Standards and Accountability: The Challenge for Evaluation. Trainers will include Donna Mertens, Donald Yarbrough, Michael Quinn Patton, Dick Krueger, Susan Kistler, Jean King, and Stacey Stockdill.