NDCPD’s research and evaluation agenda includes:


1. Continuing to increase our capacity as a UCEDD to perform research an evaluation activities by collaborating with departments and colleges within MSU as well as other universities and UCEEDs and organizations in the state of North Dakota to submit grants to further our work.


2. Assessing the effectiveness of our projects by conducting evaluations that measure the impact of our projects and programs on people’s lives in order to determine if we are meeting our UCEDD goals and objectives.


3. Conducting needs assessments in ND to better understand and meet the challenges in the communities we serve.


4. Conducting research in the areas of employment, healthy aging, retirement, and later life transitions, early childhood and educational services, and health services.


Current Research Activities




2. Self-determination studies links to articles


3. Pilot study on early childhood screening and diagnostic processes and cultural heritage.


4. Pilot study on student choice and access to high school courses of study for students with disabilities.


5. Pilot studies on health technologies and support strategies for individuals with I/DD.


Assessment and Evaluation

1. Statewide Suicide Survey


2. Needs assessments related to aging, retirement, and later life transitions.


3. Evaluation and feasibility of assistive technology approach to support employment of people with disabilities in the general workforce.


Research Coordinator -
Dr. Evan D. Borisinkoff, Ph.D.

Contact information:

Dr. Evan Borisinkoff

Minot State University

500 University Avenue West

Minot, ND 58707

(800)233-1737 or (701)858-3055

Evan Dean Borisinkoff, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Minot State University (MSU) teaches undergraduate and graduate level coursework for the Department of Special Education. Dr. Borisinkoff is Program Director for the BS in special education, BS/AS in human services, minor in D/HH, and concentrations/certificates in special education. Dr. Borisinkoff is the Director for Research and Evaluation at the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD), ND’s UCEDD.


Dr. Borisinkoff graduated from the Educational Specialties Department of Special Education at the University of New Mexico earning a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Borisinkoff earned his AA, BS and MS degrees in Developmental Disabilities and Severe Multiple Disabilities from Minot State University. He has completed postgraduate work in the study of Autism Spectrum Disorders and is currently completing the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential at the University of North Dakota.


During his professional career, he has worked in a variety of educational and human services settings and has twenty years of experience in the field of intellectual disabilities. Dr. Borisinkoff has worked with adults with developmental disabilities in both residential and supported employment settings in Minot, North Dakota. He worked for a Community Centered Board serving adults with Developmental Disabilities as a Resource Coordinator and Case Manager in Denver, Colorado and taught public school students with high intensity needs in New Mexico. He has expertise and research interests in transition, inclusive best practices, Autism Spectrum Disorders, intellectual disabilities, positive behavior supports and assistive technology including augmentative and alternative communication to support instruction and remove barriers. He volunteers when he can for social and community programs that support children and adults with disabilities such as Special Olympics and Easter Seals. Dr. Borisinkoff is professionally affiliated with the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD).



Dr. Borisinkoff's Vitae (pdf document)