Eric Einspruch, Ph.D., is the Principal and Founder of ELE Consulting, LLC. He started the firm in 2014 after nearly 30 years leading, managing, and conducting research and evaluation studies to inform policy development and program improvement. These studies included independent evaluations of educational and social service programs in the areas of substance abuse prevention, student support services, services to homeless persons with co-occurring disorders, and emergency preparedness. He has conducted small-scale local evaluations, large multi-site studies, large scale epidemiological surveys of adolescent health behavior, and randomized controlled trials. He is an avid learner of new ideas, information, and skills who enjoys helping others advance their own learning.

Dr. Einspruch is a speaker and writer with demonstrated ability to communicate technical and non-technical information to both technical and non-technical audiences. His work has appeared in 20 peer-reviewed publications, including 15 journal articles, 3 books, and 2 book chapters. He and his co-authors received the Helen Tobin Writers’ Award (2012) for their article reporting the results of a comparison of instructor-led and self-guided training for Basic Life Support instructors, published in the Journal for Nurses in Staff Development. This award is given annually by the Journal to the authors of the article that is selected from those published in a volume year based on criteria regarding contribution to the specialty, quality of the writing, and relevance of the topic.

Dr. Einspruch is an Adjunct Professor at Portland State University (PSU), where he teaches graduate courses on program evaluation, research methods, and analytic methods. He is also a Senior Fellow with PSU’s Center for Public Service.

Dr. Einspruch volunteers with professional and community-based organizations. He was one of the organizers of the Oregon Program Evaluators Network (OPEN), a local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association. He then served as OPEN’s charter Secretary during its first two years, and as the association’s fifth President. His service to community includes membership in his local Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) group and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).