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The mission of the Office of Research, Planning and Evaluation (RPE) is to promote the use of data-driven information to guide policy, planning and decision making throughout DAS. We utilize an array of research and planning tools to provide information and recommendations to enhance program development, service delivery, outcomes and accountability.

Key Functions
  • Design of research and evaluation studies
  • Data and statistical analysis
  • Coordination of DAS evaluation efforts
  • Survey and data instrument design
  • Epidemiological analysis
  • Technical assistance on research and evaluation methods, data analysis and database development
  • Report writing
  • Grant writing, development and review
  • RFP development
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) {Maps}
  • Needs assessment
  • Database management
Key Projects
 External Evaluations and Surveys
  • DYFS Moms Evaluation¬† (with Center for Alcohol Studies)
  • Middle School Survey
  • High School Survey
  • NJ Household Survey
  • SPF-SIG Evaluation
  • NETI Evaluation

Internal Evaluations

  • Child Protection Substance Abuse Initiative (CPSAI) Analysis
  • Client Satisfaction Survey

Knowledge Management

  • Development of County Demographic Profiles and Chart Books

Surveys/ Instrumentation

  • Co-Occurring Survey
  • Juvenile Justice Co-Occurring Survey
  • Intoxicated Driving Program Statistical Summary


  • Development and annual update of the NJ State Epidemiology Profile
  • Coordination of the State Outcomes Epidemiology Workgroup (SEOW)

Needs Assessment

  • ¬†Development of need and demand estimates for substance abuse treatment
  • Participation in the Prevention and Treatment Unification Planning Process


  • Planning and coordination of special needs housing initiatives with DAS, DHS, the HMFA and DCA


  • Client-Centered Recovery Oriented System of Care
  • School Surveys
  • Needs Assessment Process
  • Use of Data for County Planning

Questions about DAS surveys may be directed to: (609) 292-8930

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