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About Us

For the past 25 years, Founder and Senior Researcher Dr. Greta Shultz has designed and implemented applied research, policy studies and program evaluations for clients in the public and non-profit sectors, working mostly in education but also in human services and community development. Clients include state and federal agencies, non-profit and community-based organizations, philanthropic organizations and policy-makers. Her work is usually customized for a specific client, from the design phase through analysis and reporting.

From 2000-2016, Dr. Shultz was a research manager and senior research manager in the UMass Donahue Institute Applied Research and Program Evaluation Group, leading a portfolio of qualitative and mixed methods studies spanning pre-K- 16 and a broad range of content areas (STEM education, special education, student-centered learning, workforce development, competency-based education, school and district turnaround, among others).  Her studies investigated interventions including professional development, mentoring and coaching, systems change, and reforms in curriculum and instructional design and delivery. In the Spring of 2017

she was invited to serve as an evaluation specialist on a National Science Foundation solicitation review panel. Across all of her work, she has been charged

to analyze data and translate findings into actionable results. She conducts research that informs practice, policy development, and program improvement.

Earlier in her career, Dr. Shultz worked in the international development arena, contributing to studies that guided

education sector reforms and providing monitoring and evaluation services to national leaders and donor agencies.

Growing up, she aspired to Nancy Drew’s job. Her current work uses the same detective’s skills – analyzing a situation, puzzling out the key pieces of information,  and finding the relationships between them. She thrives on the challenge of listening to various voices and synthesizing knowledge, attitudes, and perspectives.

In addition to education research, Dr. Shultz has over 10 years’ experience in the field of domestic violence prevention, in the areas of education, advocacy, and crisis intervention.

She holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.Ed. and Ed.D.  from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Education Policy, Research, and Administration, specializing in program evaluation and qualitative research.


Green River Research draws on the diverse talent pool of researchers from colleges, universities and the private sector in western Massachusetts and beyond, as needed, to best meet our clients’ information needs.

Dr. Greta Shultz

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