Who We Are?

The Aurora Research Institute (ARI) is a nonprofit research and evaluation corporation created in 1981 and affiliated with the Aurora Mental Health Center (AuMHC). ARI’s mission is to provide cutting edge, high quality, and culturally responsive evaluation and consultation to behavioral health programs that serve adults, youth, and families. ARI serves a wide range of local and national clients working with immigrants/refugees, at-risk youth, individuals with all forms of disability, acute and chronic illnesses, homeless, LGBTQ, and veterans among others. We provide evaluation services in juvenile justice, adult corrections, and public education settings. ARI’s domestic network spans judicial enforcement agencies, school districts and colleges, non-profit agencies, and public health agencies. ARI has experience evaluating health equity and social determinants of health through both local, State, and Federal grants.

ARI also supports applied research. We have expertise in providing technical assistance in every stage of the research process: from literature reviews to conference presentations, writing technical reports/journal articles.

ARI also serves as a real world classroom for graduate and undergraduate interns as well as post-doctoral fellows seeking research, program evaluation, and program design experience. ARI has a panel of consultants for mental health substance abuse, prevention and correctional programs.