We help our clients deliver exceptional educational programs.

Exceptional educational programs change their participants. Learners walk away with new knowledge, skills, and attitudes that can transform the way they engage the world. 

Too often, educational programs fail to consider the needs of learners.  They focus on content instead of understanding.  They promote passive learning instead of active engagement. 

We believe the exceptional educational programs should be learner-centered.  To that end, we draw upon adult learning theory and the latest research in the scholarship of teaching and learning to help our clients create, facilitate, and evaluate educational programs that will promote the transfer of knowledge, skills, and attitudes to participants' everyday contexts.


We focus on data-driven development.

We can collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data as well as draw upon the latest research to help your organization be more effective in developing, facilitating, and evaluating educational programs.

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We partner with our clients to help them excel in their good works.

We were made to do good works. And we find fulfillment as we understand which good works we were made to do and how those good works can contribute to the common good.

And doing good works.  It makes an impact, often promoting the common good and contributing to the flourishing of this world.


Meryl Herr, Ph.D. owns The GoodWorks Group and is the principal consultant.  Meryl earned her M.Div. and Ph.D. (Educational Studies) at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and holds a B.S. from Vanderbilt University.  She teaches at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Cornerstone University and has been consulting for five years. She brings over a decade of curriculum development work and research experience to her consulting practice.  She is trained in both qualitative and quantitative research, has completed a graduate certificate in Educational Research Methods through the University of Illinois at Chicago, and teaches three doctoral-level research methods classes.

As the need arises, Meryl contracts other qualified individuals who can share their expertise on a project.  She also looks for opportunities to hire graduate students so that, through their work, they can apply their learning and receive further training.

Previous Clients

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Professional and Graduate Studies
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The Forum for Theological Exploration


"Dr. Herr brought a critical balance of professionalism and compassion to her work for ATS. It was clear to participants that, even as a researcher, she cared about their work. We will definitely be contacting her for future projects."

Deborah H.C. Gin
Director of Research
The Association of Theological Schools


"Meryl is a very competent and skilled evaluator and brings a fresh eye to assessing the impact of an organization or project."

Stephen Lewis
The Forum for Theological Exploration

"Dr. Herr has been a valuable contributor and driving force for creating and improving our theological training of students in this critical aspect of vocational stewardship."

Robert M. Wolniak
Associate Regional Director
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA