The RELs work in partnership with school districts, state departments of education, and others to conduct three main activities. First, we conduct applied research that seeks to solve practical problems and advances fundamental understandings of education problems and processes. Second, we disseminate actionable, credible, up-to-date research evidence and engage with researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in understanding that evidence. Third, we provide technical assistance related to the application and use of scientifically-valid research through extensive, ongoing, or customized support to meet the needs of particular stakeholders.
The RELs do work on a wide variety of topics that are selected to address the needs and interests of their regional stakeholders. Typically, these topics are also relevant beyond the region.