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Our services support the evaluation of educational 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 K-12 education so that all children and youth excel.


SEG has provided research and evaluation services to schools since 2006 with an emphasis on K-12 programs in the subject areas of reading/literacy, mathematics, career and technical education, and STEM. Explore below the services we offer in support of K-12 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 school districts and other K-12 institutions

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Shaffer is always my first evaluation choice for any grant.

           - School District STEM Supervisor

GRANT evaluation

Many 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 school 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. 


It's like having a thought partner throughout the process.

 - School Principal

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They . . . completed the project on time and under budget. They also worked to ensure the accuracy of the information and worked with me directly to develop the best approach to providing the information to our stakeholders. 

                   - School District Superintendent

Special studies

The talented social science researchers who are part of Shaffer Evaluation Group can tackle a wide range of special studies for school districts and other K-12 entities. We have conducted needs assessments, school 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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