The Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation

Dedicated to improving the practice of school counseling by generating, identifying, and disseminating research related to the field, providing evaluation and consultation to support best practices, developing interventions with demonstrated efficacy and positive outcomes, and building the capacity of school counselors. 


The Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation (CSCORE) is dedicated to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for all children through identifying and developing research-based and effective school counseling practices. CSCORE conducts and disseminates findings from research about career, social/emotional, and academic interventions; provides K-12 leaders and practitioners with information about data-based decision-making, evidence-based practices, and program evaluation; and provides international leadership in the measurement of the outcomes of school counseling interventions and programs. 

Mission Statement

The Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation (CSCORE) is dedicated to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for all children through identifying and developing research-based and effective school counseling practices.

School counseling has great potential to help all students achieve to high standards, make wise vocational/career choices, and develop pro-social attitudes and skills. Powerful models of practice exist that can ensure that all students have access to the benefits of effective school counseling.

Modern School Counseling Practices emphasize:

  • A focus on helping all students achieve academically
  • The importance of systemic interventions that support students by influencing their families, schools, and communities
  • The critical importance of using research to guide practice, monitor effectiveness, and evaluate student outcomes

Effective counseling in schools requires high quality research about effective counseling, consultation, teaching, advocacy, academic advising, college placement, and the myriad activities and program components that are part of a successful school counselor’s daily work. It also necessitates consideration of how to bridge the gap between these research findings and what is actually done in schools, so that school counselors are using what is known about best practices to support students. 

To move forward in these efforts, CSCORE is committed to creating, identifying, and disseminating:

  • Best practices in school counseling
  • Evaluation models for measuring systemic interventions 
  • Instruments that measure school counseling outcomes
  • Methods for incorporating research and evaluation activities into the fabric of school counseling programs 
  • Research-based school counseling group and curriculum interventions


The idea for a national center devoted to school counseling outcome research was initially developed at an Education Trust Transforming School Counseling Summer Conference. At that meeting, discussions among Reese House, Sue Whiston, Carol Dahir, Peggy Hines, and Jay Carey outlined the need for and general activities of such a center.

CSCORE was established in 2003. Its stated mission is aligned with and supports the larger mission of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Ron Fredrickson, the founder of the UMass school counseling program, worked for many years with teams of graduate students to summarize and evaluate the best available research on school counseling practices. These teams disseminated their findings to practitioners, enabling school counselors to make better decisions both about what to do and what not to do in their programs. In September 2012, CSCORE was re-named in Ron’s honor to acknowledge his guidance and inspiration. 

In it’s nearly 10-year-long history, CSCORE has become the most prominent research facility supporting the school counseling profession, and has established itself as a resource for consultation, training, and technical assistance related to the creation and implementation of evidence-based school counseling programs across the country. CSCORE also provides national leadership in the measurement and evaluation of the outcomes of educational interventions and programs. Concurrently, CSCORE has also developed into an important resource for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, providing expertise and support to numerous statewide efforts to improve school counseling.

The Center is part of the Department of Student Development and Pupil Personnel Services of the School of Education. The Center is proud to participate in the University of Massachusetts-Amherst's heritage of national leadership in research and service to the people of Massachusetts.


"The Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation is not affiliated in any way with a new organization doing business as the “Global Center for School Counseling Outcome Research, Evaluation and Development”. Consistent with good practice, we strongly suggest that anyone considering entering into partnerships or contractual relationships with any organization that advertises on the Internet should first conduct a thorough examination of that organization to determine its capacity to do effective work, its track record of accomplishments, and the degree to which past clients and collaborators are satisfied with the quality and timeliness of its work."


The Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation is dedicated to providing services to the field of school counseling by conducting research and program evaluation, consultation, and professional development opportunities. If you are interested in obtaining our services in any of these areas, please send an email to

Funding obtained through our services helps to support the Center’s activities to further the field of school counseling.

Research and Program Evaluation

Dr.’s John Carey and Carey Dimmitt are experienced researchers, and welcome requests from potential project sponsors to discuss research opportunities. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is equipped to handle a variety of sponsored research agreements, large and small, and engage in school counseling and related program evaluation activities.


The Center is available to provide consultation to schools/districts in the areas of program evaluation and grant writing. If your school/district is in the process of writing an RFP for a grant competition, please contact us to assist with overall project and evaluation design. RFP’s in which the Center could serve in a consultative/evaluative role will be given primary consideration. 

Consultation services the Center can provide vary greatly, depending on your particular needs and wants. Please contact us if you would like to further explore the ways in which we might be able to support you. 

Professional Development

The Center is dedicated to providing school counselors with meaningful and applied professional development opportunities. School counselors are feeling increased pressure to use data to both guide their decision making and provide accountability information. Our expertise includes:

  • Data-based decision making
  • Survey development 
  • Using research and data to plan programs and interventions 
  • School counseling program evaluation 
  • Action research in school counseling 
  • Curriculum development, design and assessment 
  • Comprehensive school counseling program implementation

Our rates for professional development are competitive at $1000 – $1500 for a full day, plus travel expenses. Please contact us if you have any questions about our professional development services or pricing.


Carey Dimmitt, Director
John Carey, Associate Director
Catherine Griffith, Associate Director
Rich Lapan, Core Member

Center for School Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation
Furcolo Hall – College of Education
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003


For more information, please visit our Center website.