Staff Spotlight: John Archacki, Project Manager

HEI invites you to get to know our fantastic staff members. Each month, we highlight a different colleague. This month, learn about John Archacki’s expertise and what drives him professionally.

As a Project Manager with HEI, John Archacki specializes in data collection, analysis, and reporting activities. His knowledge of a wide variety of survey techniques, analysis tools, and reporting methods are leveraged across HEI’s portfolio of clients. His project management and support experience are applied to various projects, including market research projects for colleges and universities, as well as program evaluations for grant projects funded by the NSF, USDOE, NYSED, and private foundations. Prior to joining HEI, Mr. Archacki worked as a Research Analyst for Hezel Associates doing a variety of work on program evaluations and planning projects, and prior to that as he worked as a Research Analyst at KS&R, Inc., doing market research for a variety of private sector industries. He was responsible for all aspects of research projects including client communications, research methodologies, data collection, analysis, report design, and presentations. He also consulted with clients to develop solutions to internal and customer-facing process issues such as help desk, training, change recommendations, privacy and disclosure notices, and functional business and design documentation needs.

What first drew you to work in higher education?

I transitioned to program evaluation after over 8 years doing market research. Evaluation gave me an opportunity to continue doing research beyond business and market oriented contexts.

How would you describe your current work?

A growing portion of my work has become in managing operational processes and procedures as our company grows and wrestles with how to assess our productivity and collaboration.

What gives you hope in the work you do?

Seeing the team grow and become more efficient, with each of us developing our own subject matter expertise.

What is your favorite part of working at HEI and with HEI’s clients?

One of the things that drew me to business administration and market research while in college was that helping organizations manage, and just do things better, is an important goal for me. Evaluation is the embodiment of those ideals, helping our clients through careful assessment and formative feedback to make their programs better than they would have been otherwise.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Always keep looking for ways to add value, find efficiencies, and streamline processes in everything you work on.