IMPAQ INTERNATIONAL NAMED ONE OF BALTIMORE AREA'S BEST PLACES TO WORK FOR SECOND YEAR IN A ROW
BALTIMORE SUN DESIGNATES POLICY RESEARCH FIRM A TOP WORK PLACE FOR SECOND YEAR IN A ROW
November 30, 2012
Columbia, Maryland – The Baltimore Sun has designated IMPAQ International, a premier research, evaluation and technical assistance firm, as one of the Baltimore Metro area’s top places to work for a second year in a row.
With offices in Columbia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., the firm provides public and private sector clients with impact evaluation studies, applied research, policy analysis, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and technical assistance.
Selection as a top workplace was based on employee surveys at 117 companies participating in the program. The employee surveys focused on various topics, including employees’ optimism in the direction their company was headed, whether they believed in their company’s leadership and values, and whether employees were afforded opportunities for professional development and growth.
“The fact that our selection was based on a survey of our employees is extremely gratifying. It reflects a conviction among our team that our company is on the right track,” said Sharon Benus, IMPAQ’s CEO and co-founder.
Benus noted that the company started as a small firm eleven years ago. Today, it has more than 200 employees, many of whom have advanced degrees in areas ranging from economics, education and public policy, to statistics, business management and information technology.
“We have grown into a top research firm, but we never abandoned the core values that make this a great place to work. We remain committed to nurturing career development, respecting work-life balance, promoting a spirit of entrepreneurship, and affording our exceptional people an environment where they can grow professionally and refine their already extensive expertise,” she added.
Morgan Barnes, an IMPAQ Senior Research Analyst and four-year veteran of the company also welcomed the company’s selection.
“My time at IMPAQ has been both professionally and personally fulfilling. Our work informs government policies on issues that influence the lives of millions of Americans, from education and healthcare, to employment and social assistance programs. So I come into work every day knowing what I do makes a difference in the real world,” she said.
Barnes pointed to her participation in the “Job Corps Process Study” for the U.S. Department of Labor. As part of her research Barnes conducted site visits to Job Corps centers, which provide intensive education and training services to disadvantaged youth with the goal of helping increase their employment chances.
“Seeing the training program in action and speaking with people who became employed after the program really reinforced what I enjoyed about being at IMPAQ. By doing research that would improve these types of programs, my work was having a direct effect on people’s lives,” she said.
For her part, IMPAQ’s Assistant Director for Human Resources, Serap Davaz, noted that she had been with the company for more than eight years. “There is a reason I have been with IMPAQ for such a long time. Our team-oriented environment encourages staff at all levels to participate and contribute, and their contributions are recognized and rewarded,” said Davaz.
“I am genuinely proud to be a part of this extraordinary organization, and invite any interested candidates to contact us to learn more about how they can join our exceptional team,” Davaz added.
About IMPAQ International
IMPAQ International is a public policy research firm specializing in designing and implementing rigorous research studies and evaluations of government programs and demonstrations. IMPAQ’s mission is to provide exemplary research and consulting services to its domestic and international clients through the use of impact evaluation studies, applied research, policy analysis, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and technical assistance.
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