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IMPAQ International, LLC was founded in 2001 by its CEO, Ms. Sharon Benus, and its Executive Director for Research, Dr. Jacob Benus, with the goal of establishing IMPAQ as a premier social science research firm specializing in the conduct of rigorous impact evaluations for domestic and international clients. The firm’s name, IMPAQ International, was chosen as symbolic of this focus.
After supporting several successful international consulting projects, IMPAQ accelerated its growth with the award of Project GATE to IMPAQ by the U.S. Department of Labor, a project which expanded on work previously conducted by Dr. Benus in the area of entrepreneurship training programs. This five-year evaluation project enabled IMPAQ to begin the growth trajectory that has continued to today.
Once established as a leader in the evaluation of workforce programs as a result of its ground-breaking work performed for the U.S. Department of Labor, IMPAQ next expanded its reach into the health care policy area, winning contracts to support projects for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This work has enabled IMPAQ to quickly become a market leader in the health care research and evaluation arena.
The firm’s record of excellence is rooted in its strong and identifiable culture. From its inception as a small boutique to its current status as a thriving research firm, the founders have deliberately cultivated and fostered a respectful work environment, hiring diverse, multi-disciplinary, well-educated, and businesslike team members where each staff member’s contribution is recognized and respected. As a result, our diverse research team and survey center staff now numbers more than 200 people, including individuals with advanced degrees in such areas as economics, education, public policy, health policy and management, public administration, anthropology, statistics, industrial/organizational psychology, business management, information technology, and computer science.