About REL West

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The Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West) at WestEd provides scientifically valid research findings that help meet the education needs in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah. Our staff draw from existing high-quality research, as well as conduct research and development projects and experimental studies. We also help stakeholders interpret evidence and build their own research capacity.



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  • REL West at WestEd
    730 Harrison Street
    San Francisco, CA 94107


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REL West is one of a network of ten Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) nationwide, funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, that serve the educational needs of designated regions by providing access to high-quality, scientifically valid education research through applied research and development projects, studies, convenings, and related technical assistance activities.

While schools, districts, and other education agencies in REL West's four-state region share many challenges, their specific needs for research and support can differ.

To target and ensure the relevance of our work, REL West reaches out broadly and regularly to policymakers and educators to assess the needs of their contexts.

Information gleaned from this effort guides our work, helping to determine both our research and dissemination plans at local, state, and national levels.

We deliver research findings, understandable and tailored to the needs of the audience, that inform education funding, policy, and programming decisions.

Under the current five-year contract (2012-2017), we will conduct much of this work through research alliances in which we will partner with educators at the local and state level, institutions of higher education, and other researchers with the goal of increasing states' and districts' systematic use of data and evidence to answer important issues of policy and practice intended to improve student outcomes.

Download a 2-page overview of REL West's work and eight research alliances (PDF)

Nikola Filby

Working in partnership with research alliances, REL West supports research that is relevant and useful.

Nikola Filby
REL West Director


REL West is a program of WestEd, a nonprofit research, development, and service agency whose mission is to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults.

Since its inception in 1966, WestEd has been guided by knowledge from research and practice, drawing on and contributing to an ever-growing understanding of how we can all support success for every learner.

WestEd has served as the West's regional educational laboratory for over 40 years.

To learn more about WestEd's programs of work and the impact its research, technical assistance, and services have had on policies, systems, and people of all ages, visit the WestEd website.

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Central Staff at REL West