Our Value

Our communities are important to us, which is why we value your nonprofit’s role in society and the work that you do. We believe we can help increase your nonprofit’s effectiveness in achieving its goals by empowering your teams with the appropriate tools necessary to achieve your mission. But beyond that, we want to empower your team with new skills, abilities, and ways of thinking that will take your work much further than where it is right now. We are committed to working with you where you are, and will not try to get you to take on more than you can handle or need. We are here for you, and we believe that you will find Elite to be one of your greatest advocates.


Our Clients

As the saying goes, “the proof is in the pudding.” Our clients have ranged from national networks to grassroots community development organizations and international, faith-based nonprofits; regardless of type, size, or mission, they consistently return to our services. Whether it is for instrument development, community needs assessments, program evaluations, advanced statistical analysis, research design, or general project oversight, we inevitably hear, “I wish we had found you sooner.” Even after their projects end, clients will contact us to screen ideas and get our feedback. Our clients realize that we are on their team, we value education as part of the process, and we understand that collaborative relationships are key to any success.


Our Experience

The experience we offer is unique. Our team has over 30 graduate-level consultants with Master’s and PhD degrees, and they come from a variety of cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds. The broad range of knowledge and experience allows for cross-reference on our projects. This gives the client a customizable package of services to meet their specific needs. Our team members have been a part of numerous domestic and international projects and studies, many of which have been published in peer-reviewed journals. Several of our consultants have also taught, or currently teach, at the university and graduate level.  


Our Process

We understand that every nonprofit differs in need and experience. Some may just be starting down the research and evaluation road, while others may have research experience well under their belts but may need additional assistance for very specific grant requirements. Wherever you are, we can help. We offer a 1.5-hour free initial consultation to determine where you are currently and how our services can best serve you. If you are interested in talking to us, call us at 800-806-5661, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. One of our team members will contact you and set up a time to discuss your nonprofit’s needs. You will receive a questionnaire from us that we will ask you to complete, as it will more clearly map out what you need from us. In doing so, we can use our initial consultation time in the most efficient way possible.


Our Structure

Our consultants are all trained in real-world research, while having the theoretical training behind them . This combination of training gives our staff a greater understanding of the unique situations that often go hand in hand with the nonprofit world, as well as the tools required to meet those needs. Following a matrix organizational structure, Elite Research consultants are paired by department, based on specific client need, allowing for expertise on each project. The decision for each team’s project is made by the president of Elite Research.


Our Leadership

Dr. Rene Paulson is the President and Senior Statistician of Elite Research, LLC. She holds a Master’s and PhD in experimental psychology, both from Texas Christian University. In 2015, she received an honorary Doctorate of Community Leadership from Franklin University. Her primary research passions lie in applying research and statistics to increasing women in STEM fields, mental health, nonprofit organizations, higher education, and operational efficiencies. Dr. Paulson specializes in research agenda development, methodology and analysis, and grant proposal development. She has years of comprehensive experience in research design and sample size calculation, data analysis, process optimization and extensive knowledge of advanced statistical methods, such as regression, multi-level analysis, and structural equation modeling. She is fluent in Lisrel, Mplus, SAS, and SPSS. She is an expert in bridging the complex world of research and statistics with real world research and evaluation needs.


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