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Development Services Group Announces Its Change to Woman-Owned Status

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Bethesda, Md. — Development Services Group, Inc. (DSG), a research consulting and professional services firm in Bethesda, Md., recently announced that it became a woman-owned small business.
In April 2016, Marcia Cohen became the President of DSG, the new chairperson of the firm’s corporate board, and its majority stockholder. For 15 years, she served as DSG’s Vice President for Research and Evaluation. Ms. Cohen is a distinguished researcher and evaluation manager, with an exceptional track record in business development and project management.
Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Cohen has spearheaded innovations in the assessment of research that underlies effective government programs and in the development of evidence-based repositories of such assessments, for the U.S. Departments of Justice, Education, and Health and Human Services. These projects include CrimeSolutions.gov, the Model Programs Guide, the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, and the What Works Clearinghouse for postsecondary education.
These projects have earned for DSG a national and international reputation for leadership, innovation, and rigor in the evidence assessment of justice, education, behavioral health, and human services programs. Ms. Cohen has provided leadership, innovation, and management acumen to projects in all of these areas, and she will continue to do so in her new role with DSG. She also oversees DSG’s training and technical assistance awards for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, including the Youth Violence Prevention Coordinated Training and Technical Assistance Program—a White House initiative that works with 39 sites.
Ms. Cohen has demonstrated the leadership required to maintain and build on these successes. “DSG is a dynamic firm that will continue to grow while setting the highest standards for work on key and pressing issues in the fields of juvenile and criminal justice, education, behavioral health, and human services,” she said.
Alan Bekelman, founder and former President of DSG, has assumed the position of DSG’s Executive Vice President and will continue to lead its business development efforts. “Ms. Cohen’s ongoing commitment to social justice is reflected in the work she chooses to do and the analytical and policy-related products she produces,” Mr. Bekelman said. “Her extraordinary leadership in making the ‘what works’ field relevant to practitioners and communities well equips her to provide the leadership so valued by DSG’s federal clients.”
DSG is located at 7315 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 800 E, in Bethesda, Maryland. The firm has more than 60 staff, more than 400 consultants, and working partnerships with numerous other major national research consulting and professional service firms, both large and small.

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