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.

Core Center Areas

Research and Program Evaluation

Dr.’s Carey Dimmitt and Dawn Horton 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.

News and Events

Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference
Save the Date! -- March 11th-12th, 2022
Hosted by: Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

The Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference provides school counselors with critical information about successful practice, evaluation, and relevant research to create dynamic and powerful school counseling programs. The conference uses a unique format to incorporate both peer-reviewed research presentations and small group consultation with leaders in the field.

Connect with Us

Center for School Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation
119N Furcolo Hall – College of Education
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003


For more information, please visit our Center website.