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About REL Midwest

Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest works in partnership with practitioners to conduct applied research and provide training, coaching, and technical support. Our mission is to support a more evidence-based education system. Learn more about the REL program.

REL Midwest serves seven Midwest states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. To address the priorities and interests of these states, REL Midwest supports four research alliances and a networked improvement community, as well as emergent partnerships. Learn more about our collaborative research partnerships.

REL Midwest also works to stay up to date on current and emerging needs in the Midwest states through the work of its state liaisons. Contact relmidwest@air.org to connect with our state liaisons.

REL Midwest offers various supports to the collaborative research partnerships and other stakeholder groups in the Midwest region:

  • Applied Research iconApplied research studies that address partnerships’ research questions.
  • Technical support iconTechnical support such as survey, interview, or observation protocol development, literature reviews, or tool development.
  • Workshops and coaching iconWorkshops and coaching that support the use of data and research.
  • Events iconEvents that support the dissemination and understanding of existing research.
  • Reviews of studies and interventions iconReviews of studies and interventions to determine levels of evidence to support Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation.
  • Ask A REL icon Ask-A-REL annotated bibliographies produced in response to stakeholder questions.

By providing these services and fostering collaboration, REL Midwest strives to solve practical problems and advance fundamental understandings of education challenges and processes.

REL Midwest is administered by American Institutes for Research, in partnership with the following subcontractors: Education Development Center, Empirical Education, Policy Studies Associates, Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP) Institute, Social Policy Research Associates, and TRAC Research Group.

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