Our Services & Experiance

In accordance with our motto “Quality Evaluation with Accuracy & Integrity,” R.E.M. Consulting follows the five guiding principles established by the American Evaluation Association:

Systematic Inquiry:

Evaluators conduct systematic, data-based inquiries about whatever is being evaluated.


Evaluators provide competent performance to stakeholders.


Evaluators ensure the honesty and integrity of the entire evaluation process.

Respect for People:

Evaluators respect the security, dignity and self-worth of the respondents, program participants, clients, and other stakeholders with whom they interact.

Responsibilities for General and Public Welfare:

Evaluators articulate and take into account the diversity of interests and values that may be related to the general and public welfare.
Our job is to help you to be the best version of you. We will tailor the analytical strategies to fit your needs with the proper instruments, data collection, and instrumentation.
R.E.M. Consultants use a teamwork approach to assist organizational leaders with complex, detailed projects. Just like a personal trainer helps a person to isolate a muscle to make it stronger, we help to isolate the strongest and most vulnerable parts of your program so we can use your strengths to improve upon your weaknesses.

R.E.M. Consultants can help take your organization to the next level:

Sustain grant funded projects or even EARN MORE grant funding

Improve internal operations to maximize your resources

Create a proactive approach to your decision making rather than a reactive approach

Our Founder

Dr. Karen Larwin,

has volunteered as a Peer-Consultant Evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission, as Chair of the Quantitative Methods section of the American Evaluation Association, and has served as the Chair of the Youngstown State University Institutional Research Board. Her knowledge about the ethics and standards involved with data analysis, storage, and reporting is unparalleled; and, she has shared her knowledge with her R.E.M. Consulting associates to assure that each and every project is completed to the highest of possible ethical standards.

The following is a list of our primary services; however, we are open to discussion regarding special needs and requests:


Whether the analysis is formative or summative, quantitative or qualitative (or both!), goal-established or in need of goals (i.e. goal free), we can help!

We will always begin with your question, your purpose, or your objective. From there the method and data collection will become clear. We will certainly assist with providing required evaluation analysis and reports for all stakeholders, and we routinely provide additional analyses for internal use to further investigate opportunities for growth

Although certainly not an exhaustive list, R.E.M. Consulting has experience with the following data collection methods:

  • Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Research
  • Participant Observation
  • Surveys
  • Agency Records Data Mining
  • Procuring State and National Data Sets
  • Role Playing
  • Trained Observer Ratings
  • Field Collection
  • Semi-Structured Interviews
  • Focus Group Interviews

In addition to standard parametric and nonparametric testing, we can also assist with the following advanced statistical techniques:

  • Spatial Multivariate Techniques
  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • Hierarchical Linear Modeling
  • Item Response Theory
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Psychometric Methods
  • Q-Methodology
  • Rasch Modeling
  • Meta-Analysis
  • Geographic Information System (GIS)

R.E.M. Consultants can help take your organization to the next level:


Grant Managment

The day-to-day oversight of compiling a grant application or overseeing a grant implementation can be overwhelming, cutting into valuable time that would be better spent on tending to your students, patients, or clientele. R.E.M. Consulting can assist with the administrative duties involved with the writing, data collection, assembly, and reporting of deliverables throughout the life cycle of your grant. That way, you can focus on the parts of the program that are most valuable to you and your stakeholders.

Training & Professional Development

Once organizational leaders understand the powerful impact that quality evaluation can have on their success, they usually want evaluation to become a regular part of their everyday operations. R.E.M. Consulting can assist companies and individuals on long-term, systemic programming that can both generate helpful data and facilitate sustained growth. Whether its establishing a database of variables, understanding statistical methods, comprehending reports, or presenting to stakeholders, our company can help you and your team develop your evaluation skills so you can build a solid in-house climate of evaluation.

The following is a sample list of partner organizations with whom we have worked:


  • Ohio Department of Health
  • Ohio Commission on Minority Health
  • Akron Summit Community Association
  • Portage County, Ohio Community Action Council
  • Summit County, Ohio County Office of Public Health
  • Educational Service Centers throughout Ohio
  • United Way of Mahoning Valley
  • Nevada State Legislature
  • Federal Health and Human Services Department of Rural Studies


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