Evergreen Evaluation and Consulting, Inc.

Evergreen Evaluation & Consulting
Focused on Evaluation and Education

Providing expert evaluation and consultation services for State & Local Education Agencies, Colleges & Universities, and Human Service Agencies.
EEC is a woman-owned firm located in Williston, VT, founded in 1990 by Dr. Patricia Mueller. EEC consultants and associates have extensive experience in developing evaluation strategies and methodologies designed to provide formative and summative feedback to project managers, program personnel and other key stakeholders. EEC has demonstrated capacity to communicate evaluation outcomes about the quality, relevance, and effectiveness of social programs and services.
Evergreen Evaluation & Consulting has representatives in: Vermont, Massachusetts, Kentucky, New Hampshire, and South Dakota.

"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
 Theodore Roosevelt, September 7, 1903
The EEC Approach:
Timely, Flexible, Culturally Responsive

EEC uses a collaborative approach to program evaluation and conducts all activities in close coordination with the client. EEC prides itself on developing timely, flexible and culturally responsive evaluation logic models and evaluation plans that provide the foundation for successfully moving a program forward to meet its goals and objectives.

EEC's expertise is primarily in the area of education program evaluation and professional development. EEC has conducted evaluations of State and Local Education Agency programs, national Technical Assistance and Dissemination Centers and Institute of Higher Education, including their personnel preparation programs and other grants. EEC employs two full-time evaluators and based on the scope, size and content of the project, senior program evaluators are employed to augment capacity (see Employees). EEC consultants' skills and knowledge are matched with the needs of the project and expectations of the client.
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Evaluation Ethics
Utility, Feasibility, Propriety and Accuracy
EEC work is aligned with the American Evaluation Association (AEA) "Guiding Principles for Evaluators" and the Program Evaluation Standards of Utility, Feasibility, Propriety and Accuracy.  All EEC project personnel are expected to conduct their work in accordance with these principles and standards.

Guiding Principles for Evaluators
Program Evaluation Standards

Current and Recent Clients
  • University of Rochester
  • American Institutes for Research
  • Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Florida (CEEDAR)
  • Center for the Integration of IDEA Data (CIID)
  • Children's Literacy Foundation, VT (CLiF)
  • Arkansas Department of Education
  • North Carolina Department of Education
  • Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA)
  • The Center for IDEA Early Childhood Systems (DaSy Center)
  • Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC)
  • Center for Technology & Disability (CTD)
  • Center for Parent Information & Resources (CPIR)
  • CAST: Center for Applied Special Technology
  • National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)
  • Vermont Department of Education
  • North Dakota Department of Education
  • Delaware Department of Education
  • New Hampshire Department of Education
  • Alabama Department of Education
  • Wyoming Department of Education
  • Mississippi Department of Education
  • Regional Resource Center Program (RRCP)
  • Michigan's Office of Special Education
  • Institute on Disability (UCEDD), University of New Hampshire
  • Center for Disability & Community Inclusion (UCEDD), University of Vermont
  • Granite State College, NH

Selected Presentations
All presentations are downloadable. Click the title to view the presentation.

Mueller, P., 
Phillips, M., 
Daly, S., (2017) 
Classroom Observation Strategies for Multi-Site Locations
Mueller, P., Merves, D., Lee, J. (2017) Tough Times Call for Tough Measures: Challenges, Reactions and Results of Three Federally-Funded Evaluations

Mueller, P., Russell, A., (2017). SPDG/SSIP TA Alignment, Implementation & Evaluation. SPDG National Meeting.

  Vermont SSIP Theory of Action                 
Vermont SSIP Logic Model
SSIP Implementation Plan
Vermont SSIP Evaluation and Reporting Plan
  Mueller, P., Russell, A., Franczkowski, M. (2017). SSIP Implemention: Alignment & Evaluation Across the State System. OSEP Leadership Conference.
 VT SSIP Evaluation Package
 MD SSIP Implementation Plan 
Mueller, P., Merves, D., Shyyan, V., (2016, August). Technical Assistance Partnerships in Action: Lessons Learned from Evaluation. OSEP Project Directors Conference.
Bourexis, P., Race, K., Mueller, P., & Merves. (2015, November). Caught in the Middle: The Challenge of Maintaining Effective Evaluator-Client Relationships with Both Programs and Their Funders. Panel presentation at the American Evaluation Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
Mueller, P., Lee, J., Merves, D., Christensen, L., & Shyyan, V. (2014, October). Evaluating Outcomes of Federal Grantee Collaborations. Panel presentation at the American Evaluation Association Conference, Denver, CO.
Mueller, P., Gonzalez, P., Lammert, J., Thurlow, M., Shyyan, V., & Merves, D. (2014, July). Get your "Party" Started: Establishing a Successful Third-party Evaluation. Panel presentation at the Office of Special Education (OSEP) Project Directors Conference, Washington, DC.
Mueller, P., Lynch, K., & Rewey, K. (2012, October). Evaluating Programs Targeted for Populations with Disabilities. Presentation at the American Evaluation Association Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
Mueller, P., Merves, D., & Bourexis, P. (2012, October). The 3 Rs of an Evaluation Business: Relevance, Responsibilities and Relationships. Presentation at the American Evaluation Association Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
Merves, D. (2011, December). Using Network Analysis to Understand and Improve Collaboration Among Michigan's Integrated Improvement Initiatives and Center for Educational Networking. Webinar to SIG/SPDG Evaluators PLC Session.
Merves, D. & Vanslyke, J. (2011, November). Using Network Analysis to Understand and Improve Collaboration Among Michigan's Integrated Improvement Initiatives and Center for Educational Networking. Presentation at the American Evaluation Association annual meeting, Anaheim, CA.
Hurley, J. & Mueller, P. (2011, July). Preparing Early Interventionist and Early Childhood Special Educators to work in a refugee resettlement community. Poster session at the OSEP Project Director's Conference, Washington, DC.
Mueller, P. & Merves, D. (2011, November). Growing Your Business in the Current Economic Client. Presentation at the American Evaluation Association Conference, Anaheim, CA.
Mueller, P. & Garrett, B. (2010, November).  Fidelity instruments and school burden. Presentation at the American Evaluation Association Conference, San Antonio, TX.
Frasier, J., Mueller, P., & Romero, C. (2010, November).  Capturing fidelity of implementation in NH RESPONDS State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG).  Panel presentation at the American Evaluation Association Conference, San Antonio, TX.
Steenwyck, B. & Mueller, P. (2010, July).  Leveraging system resources: Alignment & integration to achieve education's priorities. Presentation at the OSEP Project Director's Conference, Washington, DC.
Mueller, P., Erickson, A., & Morrison, J. Co-presenters. (2010, May). Webinar presentations to SIG/SPDG Directors & Evaluators.  How to incorporate implementation drivers into evaluation PPT.


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