Recommended Resources

If your question falls outside of the scope of REL West's charge or expertise, we can connect you with relevant research, resources, and assistance providers. You may also want to directly access the following federally funded research and technical assistance providers.


  • Institute of Education Sciences (IES)
    The IES mission is to provide rigorous and relevant evidence on which to ground education practice and policy and share this information broadly. By identifying what works, what doesn't, and why, IES aims to improve educational outcomes for all students, particularly those at risk of failure. IES is the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, and by law their activities must be free of partisan political influence. IES funds and oversees the Regional Educational Laboratories. The IES Publications & Products Search tool connects all IES centers and programs.
  • Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Program
    The Regional Educational Laboratory Program consists of a network of 10 laboratories, with each REL serving the educational needs of a designated region by providing access to high-quality, scientifically valid education research through applied research and development projects, studies, and other related technical assistance activities.
  • What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)
    An initiative of IES, WWC is a source of scientific evidence for what works in education. Resources include user-friendly practice guides for school and district staff; intervention reports summarizing the most reliable research on a particular program, practice, or policy; and topical evidence reviews.
  • Doing What Works (DWW)
    Doing What Works (DWW), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, translates research-based practices (many from the What Works Clearinghouse) into practical tools to improve classroom instruction.
  • National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
    NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education. The website provides public access to searchable datasets and reports on a wide variety of education topics.
  • National Education Research and Development Centers
    These R&D Centers (funded through IES's National Center for Education Research) develop, test, and disseminate new approaches to improving teaching and learning, and ultimately, student achievement. Each of the Centers conducts a focused program of education research in its topic area. Currently, there are 18 National R&D Centers.
  • Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
    This searchable database, sponsored by ED and IES, is the world's largest free online library of education research and information.


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