Melissa Kovacs, Ph.D.


To say Melissa is a data enthusiast would be an understatement. She’s more of a fanatic—in a great way. Her inquisitiveness and analytical mindset allow her to dive deep into data to uncover meanings that may otherwise be left undiscovered. As founder of FirstEval, LLC, a program evaluation and statistical consulting firm, Melissa brings evaluation expertise to many industries, including: nonprofit organizations, government and foundations, marketing firms, and litigation support for attorneys. FirstEval has been involved in an array of projects across the state, most notably with the Gila County Probation Department’s CHOICES program, which was funded by a SAMHSA CSAT grant.

Melissa’s background is expansive. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Econometrics from the University of Maryland, a certification from the American Statistical Association, and FirstEval has been involved in more than 30 projects to date. Needless to say, we’re thrilled to have Melissa as an ongoing consultant and collaborator with our team.

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