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We are dedicated to working closely with our partners to identify data-driven, real-world solutions to issues faced by individuals, families, and communities impacted by substance use. With the steep increase in rates of substance misuse and substance use disorders, it’s more important than ever to have effective, comprehensive treatment and recovery programs that meet the diverse needs of individuals and communities impacted by substance use. Our team of experts brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in research, evaluation, implementation and technical assistance.


Skilled in program design, implementation and evaluation, our team will work closely with you to develop evaluation programs including identification of evaluation methods and designs, creation of workflows and work plans as well as developing and dissemination of user friendly evaluation presentations, reports and briefs. 

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We work closely with our partners to develop evaluation and research plans that use traditional evaluation techniques in tandem with  Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) feedback to support both ongoing program monitoring and development as well as the evaluation of long-term programmatic outcomes.


SURE team members bring a wealth of experience in data collection and analysis and leverage that experience to create and deploy effective analytic plans and data collection tools. We’ll develop interview protocols, surveys and data dashboards to facilitate federal reporting, program monitoring and evaluation activities. 

Working side by side with our clients, we conduct structured and semi-structured interviews, focus groups, community listening sessions and surveys to fully understand the needs of communities and individuals affected by substance use. Finally, we will provide clear, accessible communication of our analysis utilizing infographics, charts and graphs.


Throughout the process, our experts will be providing technical assistance to help your organization implement, expand or enhance your substance use related program. We can work with your organization to identify programmatic and policy needs as well as barriers and opportunities to expand behavioral health workforce capacity, and address provider needs. 

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Our team will connect our partners with education and training resources as well as access to national experts and novel technologies to help organizations reduce barriers and enhance their capacity to address substance use.  In addition, we provide supplies to assist organizations and providers to help improve access to substance use services for individuals in rural communities. Finally, we’ll share best practices for data collection, data review and quality assurance and we will assist with federal reporting requirements.


Resources from Federal, state and local grants are vital sources of funding for substance use treatment and recovery programs. Our team has extensive expertise in prospect identification, grant development and writing, and grant management. We’ll leverage our skill set to assist your organization with securing local and national foundation grants as well as local, state and federal government grants. We bring a wealth of experience developing and submitting grant proposals to a variety of funders including:

  • Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) 

  • Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

  • National Institute of Health

  • Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

  • Maine Department of Health and Human Services (Maine DHHS)

  • NH Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS)

  • Foundations (Robert Wood Johnson, Arnold Ventures, Lunder-Dineen Foundation, Maine Health Equity Foundation, John T. Gorham Foundation)

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What our clients are saying...

“For the past four years, we have had the pleasure of working with and benefiting from Mary Lindsay Smith’s strong leadership and the talented team of professionals who oversaw the data transformation and performance calculations for the measures in this evaluation.  The team was always more than willing to collaborate and work with NH in meeting all deliverables in the Special Terms and Conditions of the waiver demonstration and recently submitted the Final Summative Evaluation for DSRIP on June 30, 2022.  We always felt supported by the entire team even during the most challenging of times during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.”


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