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Ask A REL: How to Tap Our Free Research Support

Do you have research questions about education policies, programs, and practices? We're here to help. Ask A REL is a collaborative reference desk service provided by the ten Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) and functions much in the same way as a technical reference library. It provides references, referrals, and brief responses in the form of citations on research-based education questions. Our researchers have conducted searches of databases and websites maintained by federally funded organizations, research institutions, and education agencies, as well as online search engines. Then we prepared a list of relevant peer-reviewed research, which may include policy reports, literature reviews, and publications selected on the basis of factors such as date of publication, publisher and funder, and the methodology used. All Ask A REL responses are also posted to the website to share with other users and can be accessed through the search function below.