At MAI we champion a strong collaborative and team-oriented approach. We value close partnerships with our clients to craft realistic, meaningful, and credible evaluation designs, without overburdening onsite staff with time-consuming, extraneous data collection activities. As a team, we firmly believe in tailoring evaluation activities to strengthen programs, and we, therefore, implement program-specific, developmentally appropriate evaluation activities. In evaluating initiatives in the early implementation stage, we focus on building data collection systems and equipping program staff with the skills to collect and use data to enhance their programs. Our evaluations of mature programs involve a customized impact study to explore if, and, more importantly, how the program changes the lives of its participants. We also specialize in formative evaluations of programs at various stages of development and have applied our evaluation, technical assistance, and philanthropic services expertise in a variety of fields.