Bio
for
Rob Lillis
CURRENT ACTIVITIES

Evalumetrics Research
Mr. Lillis currently works as an independent consultant through Evalumetrics Research (DBA) serving as a
Research and Evaluation Consultant to numerous schools and state, county and local youth development,
substance abuse, traffic safety, violence, teen pregnancy, and school dropout prevention programs.  He works
with a variety of primary and archival data sets to conduct detailed needs assessments, develop outcomes
based plans and design evaluations for numerous initiatives. He provides planning, research and evaluation
services for youth development programs including 21st Century Learning Centers, Drug Free Communities
coalitions, school-based mental health programs and programs designed to promote and enhance STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.  Mr. Lillis developed the Evalumetrics Youth Survey
and has conducted and analyzed over 50,000 student surveys including analyses of predictors of risk for
substance abuse, mental health problems, school drop-out and teen pregnancy.

Mr. Lillis also serves on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Impaired Driving Assessment Team
conducting reviews of states’ impaired driving programs.

Current projects being conducted through Evalumetrics Research Include:

21st Century Learning Centers
Mr. Lillis is the Evaluation Consultant to 21st Century Learning Centers after-school programs in Wayne
County (four schools).  In this capacity, he provides assistance in setting and measuring process and outcome
objectives and conducts analysis of program impact.  He uses on-line data systems, archival data, surveys,
focus groups, and qualitative analyses to provide guidance in program evolution and to assess impact of the
project.

Thriving Families Project – Catholic Charities of Wayne County
Mr. Lillis is conducting a comprehensive process and outcome evaluation of this program intended to help
young people develop healthy relationship skills and to provide interventions to families in a variety of settings
including incarceration.

Allegany Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (ACASA)
Mr. Lillis provides program planning and evaluation services for ACASA prevention programs including
conducting outcome evaluations for school and community based programs and analyzing student surveys
which are conducted semi-annually.  He serves as research consultant for the Drug Free Community/STOP-
ACT prevention project. He provides technical assistance in developing a comprehensive prevention plan and
implementing and evaluating science-based prevention strategies.  

Recent projects completed by Mr. Lillis include:

Jefferson County Drug Free Community and Partnership for Success Projects
Mr. Lillis served as evaluator for the Action for Better Communities a substance abuse prevention coalition in
Watertown, New York.  He designed and analyzed surveys to assess youth and adult knowledge and
perceptions related to drug abuse and addiction.   


Clyde-Savannah Schools – Physical Education Project (PEP)
This evaluation included biannual surveys of health behaviors, analysis of physical fitness measures (Fitness
Gram) and data from exercise monitoring devises to determine the relationship between program activities and
improvement in fitness and lifestyle.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Since 1991 Mr. Lillis has been a member of the NHTSA Impaired Driver Assessment Team.  He is responsible
for reviewing prevention and treatment programs and policies related to impaired driving.  He has conducted
over 70 assessments of the impaired driver countermeasures systems in 38 states, Puerto Rico and for the
Indian Nations.  Assessments include review of prevention programs, traffic records, laws, law enforcement,
adjudication, and treatment of impaired drivers.

Mr. Lillis was the recipient of the 2011 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – Public
Service Award in recognition of his four decades of commitment to research in the impaired driving
field.

Yes Pa Foundation
Mr. Lillis has conducted numerous outcome studies for the Yes Pa Foundation Character Education program in
the classroom setting as well as in after-school and programs.  He also evaluated a program in which the Yes
Pa character program was used in corrections settings with young offenders.

Rochester Area Colleges Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (RAC-STEM)
Mr. Lillis was the Evaluation Consultant for several projects under the RAC-STEM program that provided
teacher training in inquiry-based science education.  He conducted quantitative and qualitative analyses of
Summer Institutes and other professional development activities and the impact on students’ STEM learning
and interest.

Drug Treatment Courts
Mr. Lillis served as the Evaluation Consultant for the Ontario County Drug Treatment Court and for the Finger
Lakes Juvenile Drug Treatment Court.

Partnership for Ontario County Inc.
From 1996 to 2010 Mr. Lillis served as the Research Consultant to the Partnership for Ontario County, Inc. has
conducted numerous surveys and needs assessments and developed a data based strategic planning
process.  He designed evaluations for numerous school and community-based programs and prevention
activities.  He was the Evaluator for the Ontario County Youth Court, Finger Lakes Child Abuse Response
Team-Child Advocacy Center Project and for the Ontario County Family Support Center Project as well as for
the Service-learning Through Recreation Education and Mentoring (STREAM) Project.

Big Brothers/ Big Sisters
Mr. Lillis provided evaluation services for Big Brothers/Big Sisters school-based mentoring projects in the
Rochester-Finger Lakes Region and in Steuben-Allegany County Region.

Current Professional Boards and Other Activities

New York State Alcohol Policy Alliance
Mr. Lillis is a member of the Advisory Board of the New York State Alcohol Policy Alliance and provides
research support to alcohol policy initiatives.

Evidence-based Program Review Panel
Mr. Lillis is a member of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)
Evidence-based Program Review Panel and will be reviewing prevention strategies proposed by local
prevention providers to assure adherence to evidence-based principles.


PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND DENTISTRY
F
rom 1991 to 2001, Mr. Lillis was a member of the Research Faculty and an adjunct Instructor in Community
and Preventive Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.  From 2000 to 2001 Mr. Lillis
served as Director of Research for the Department of Emergency Medicine.  From 1996 to 2001 Mr. Lillis
served as Director of the Research Accident Investigation Team and served as Principal Investigator and was
responsible for all aspects of numerous injury research projects.  As an Instructor in the Department of
Community and Preventive Medicine, Mr. Lillis taught “Introduction to Clinical Research” and “Public Health and
the Environment.”  He also served as advisor for numerous graduate student research projects.

NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
From 1988 to 1991 Mr. Lillis served as Manager of Highway Safety Programs in the Injury Control Program,
Division of Epidemiology, and NYS Department of Health and was responsible for the development and
evaluation of state and local highway injury prevention initiatives.  He was Project Director of the
Comprehensive Community Traffic Injury Prevention Project.  The Project provided technical assistance in
needs assessment, program development, and evaluation as well as "mini grants" to help establish coordinated
community based highway safety efforts in high-risk counties in the state. Mr. Lillis was an Instructor in
Epidemiology in the NYS School of Public Health, a department of the State University of New York at Albany,
where he taught courses in policy analysis, injury control, and alcohol and public health.  He also served on the
Division of Epidemiology Survey Review Committee and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System work-
group.

NEW YORK STATE DIVISION OF ALCOHOLISM
From 1978 to 1988 Mr. Lillis served as Project Director on numerous research projects at the New York State
Division of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse. The most recent was the Special Highway Safety Policy Analysis
Project, supported by Federal highway safety funds through a grant from the Governor's Traffic Safety
Committee.  As Project Director he was responsible for development and maintenance of a comprehensive
computerized data base, data analysis, research design, preparation of research reports including scientific
publications and providing technical assistance to the highway safety community, the Governor's Office, the
Legislature and members of the public. Mr. Lillis was the primary source of research and data support to
Governor Cuomo and Senate and Assembly sponsors of legislation that increased New York's legal drinking
age from 18 to 19 in 1982 and from 19 to 21 in 1985.  Research conducted during this time and subsequent to
the law's passage resulted in numerous scientific publications.  His study of state border crossing by young
drinking drivers was credited by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as a major influence in
President Reagan's support for Federal legislation which directed states to increase their drinking age or face
loss of Federal funds.
Return to Home Page