About Us

Preferred Program Evaluations is an organizational partner in the design and implementation of grant-funded projects. By providing quality and participatory evaluations that emphasize the importance of client input, we strive to build the capacity of our partners, improve new or existing projects, and offer evidence of their efficacy.


The staff of Preferred Program Evaluations believes the value of a well-designed evaluation rests in its ability to establish the merits of a project and unearth its intended and collateral impacts while underscoring return on investment.  The components of our evaluations are carried out in accordance with The Program Evaluation Standards approved by the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation. 

We are based in Central Florida and pride ourselves on being an accessible resource to our clients.  Preferred Program Evaluations is certified by the State of Florida as a woman-owned business enterprise (WBE).

Principal Consultant, Blake Urbach, M.S., has been conducting program evaluations and social science research for over fifteen years.  Blake has formal training in and a graduate-level comprehension of program evaluation, statistics, and research methods.
In addition to serving as the lead evaluator for dozens of state and federally grant-funded projects, she has provided technical assistance and strategic planning services to Central Florida non-profits, authored multiple peer-reviewed academic publications, and presented nationally on topics related to community collaboration. Prior to founding Preferred Program Evaluations, Blake worked as a Crime Analyst, Civil Rights Researcher and, most recently, as the Evaluation and Development Director of an innovative non-profit think tank.
Blake has taught as an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Criminal Justice & Legal Studies at the University of Central Florida (UCF), was a Charter Member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Valencia College, and is currently a member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA).