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Our services support the evaluation of higher education support services and programs throughout the program life-cycle, from grant writing through the assessment of outcomes.

Shaffer Evaluation Group (SEG) works with education partners, including school districts, colleges and universities, government agencies, and nonprofits, to develop evidence-informed programs that address and correct long-standing inequities in higher education so that all students excel.


SEG has provided research and evaluation services to colleges and universities since 2006 with an emphasis on higher education services and programs in advising, student services, arts, STEM, technical education, and workforce development. Explore below the services we offer in support of higher education.

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Looking for a trusted evaluator for your grant project? We can help.


We offer an evidence-driven approach to writing your grant.


Need a survey, needs assessment, or other special study? We can help.


Gaston-Shaffer LLC offers  community-driven strategic planning services for higher education institutions

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Every report has information we can use to improve the project. So we're getting useful information and so it's not useful just for the National Science Foundation that we report to, it's actually useful for us. It feels to me like it's ethical and honest reporting.

- Faculty Member, College of William & Mary 

GRANT evaluation

Many higher education grants require an independent evaluation to assure the funder that the project is meeting its goals and objectives and realizing outcomes. At the grant application stage, Shaffer Evaluation Group will help you craft measurable goals and objectives and prepare an evaluation plan to improve your competitiveness to win a grant. Post-award, we work closely with you to collect meaningful data and generate the reports you need to remain compliant with your funder's reporting requirements. You can count on us to stay in touch throughout the academic year.


Writing a grant is an intensive undertaking, critical for obtaining funding. We offer a holistic, all-encompassing approach to writing your grant. Our team also has the capacity to support our clients with singular elements of the process including evaluation of grant priorities, an examination of existing literature, logic model development, or developing a program evaluation for their project. Additionally, we maintain a curated list of current grant opportunities for our clients. 


They have supported our Title III grant writing efforts, helping us craft stronger goals and objectives and developing comprehensive evaluation plans; these services were extended to our campus on . . . tight deadlines/late night time zone differences.

- Regional Campus Director, University of Alaska Fairbanks

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Shaffer Evaluation Group had a clear sense of the work that was being planned and provided a plan that really would help us collect the data to tell our strongest story. 

- Assistant Vice-President, Valencia College

Special studies

The talented social science researchers who are part of Shaffer Evaluation Group can tackle a wide range of special studies for colleges and universities. We have conducted needs assessments, climate studies, interviews with former employees, community consultations, and other special investigations. Shaffer Evaluation Group also designs and implements educational research studies, including randomized control trials. Call us to discuss what you have in mind. 

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