Program evaluation

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Services

We offer program evaluation services to study the effectiveness of educational projects.

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Projects

We evaluate a variety of programs and initiatives designed to help enhance  learning.

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Participants

Our studies include a wide range of people from preschoolers to parents and teachers to engineers.

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Pricing

We are happy to work with you to develop the best evaluation plan that fits your needs and budget.

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Methodologies include cognitive testing, experimental and quasi-experimental studies, focus groups, interviews, on-site observations and site visits, and surveys

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Multidisciplinary approach

We are based in the greater Boston area, but we perform research all over the globe. Our clients are mostly educational or engineering organizations — from both the public and private sectors. CEG is unique because we take a multi-disciplinary approach to all of our projects. We routinely draw upon our expertise in program evaluation, research methodology, usability and human factors, education, social psychology, and health services research.

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Variety of services

We employ a variety of research methods to assess the impact of an initiative, project, or program. The goal of program evaluation can be formative–answering the question, “How can we enhance our initiative to reach more people?” Or, the goal can be summative–answering the questions, “Was the program a success, and for whom?” We specialize in the evaluation of learning initiatives, especially programs that use technology to educate their audiences. Audiences can include anyone–from students in a school setting to adults in a workplace environment. If your program was designed to teach someone something, we can evaluate its impact.

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Our Awesome Team

CEG is a small business, founded in 2008 by Dr. Christine Paulsen, offering an expert team of researchers. 

Dr. Christine Andrews Paulsen

Founder & President

Welcome to CEG. I started this consulting practice because I wanted to have an impact on society through research and evaluation. I believe that solid research can help determine what works and what doesn’t — whether we’re talking about education or health or any other field. Using research-based evidence to guide our policy and corporate decisions is more efficient and effective than operating in the absence of data.

I have been conducting research and evaluation studies since 1990. I began my career evaluating the effectiveness of federally-funded programs designed to promote healthy behaviors in communities, companies, and schools. We didn’t have the Internet back then, so most programs delivered their content via in-person trainings, handbooks, traditional curricula, and electronic media such as video. As technology has evolved, so have the programs I have studied. In the mid to late 90’s, as distance learning technologies emerged, I began to evaluate the development of training and educational resources delivered via the Internet. I also began to integrate usability testing and human factors research with program evaluation and basic research to provide my clients with a more comprehensive picture of how their technologies and initiatives were performing. Over the years, I have conducted research and evaluations primarily in the fields of education and health. I have expertise researching a range of learning technologies, including Web, mobile, and other devices. My research has spanned the life cycle—from preschool children through adults. While I have extensive experience studying classroom-based initiatives, I am particularly interested in studying the use of learning technologies outside of schools—those that hold the promise of helping traditionally underserved populations access information that can improve their lives. I also have significant expertise in evaluating initiatives that are designed to encourage our kids to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). As the principal research scientist at CEG, I am responsible for supervising all research staff and consultants; managing budgets and timelines; conceptualizing research studies; developing study instruments, including surveys, observational data collection tools, and other measures; data collection; performing descriptive, qualitative analyses as well as inferential, statistical analyses of quantitative data; report writing; and presenting research findings at client meetings, professional conferences, and in peer-reviewed journals. I hold a Ph.D. in education research, evaluation, and measurement from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in applied social psychology from George Washington University, and a B.A. in psychology from Clark University.

Sharon Carroll

Project Manager

Sharon Carroll is a Project Manager and User Experience Specialist with a background in project management, business analysis, and user interface design. Sharon brings operational knowledge from a variety of industries, including education, manufacturing, engineering and financial services, as well as project management expertise related to the user experience portion of technology-based projects. Sharon holds a B.B.A in Finance from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Certificate in Client/Server and Web Development from Clark University.


Elizabeth Paulsen

Research Assistant

Elizabeth is a student at Framingham State University. She supports all aspects of our projects, especially pilot testing surveys and troubleshooting online surveys for CEG.


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