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REL Central works in collaboration with school districts, state departments of education, and other stakeholders to address high-leverage needs in our region. Our work centers on three main activities:

  • Conducting applied research to solve practical problems and foster deeper understanding of education challenges and processes.
  • Disseminating current, actionable research evidence, and engaging with practitioners and policymakers in understanding that evidence.
  • Providing training, coaching, and technical support related to the application and use of credible research to meet the needs of our stakeholders.

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Program Evaluation Toolkit

The Program Evaluation Toolkit and Quick Start Guide present a step-by-step process for conducting your own program evaluation. Resources in the toolkit will help you create a logic model, develop evaluation questions, identify data sources, develop data collection instruments, conduct basic analyses, and disseminate findings.

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Four Steps To Build Data Use Skills in Early Childhood Education Programs

Data use skills help early childhood education (ECE) program staff inform, plan, monitor, and make decisions for instruction and program improvement. REL Central’s Early Childhood Data Use Assessment Tool walks ECE data teams through a four-step process to identify current data use skills, connect to professional development resources, and implement an action plan for data use improvement.