The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Mid-Atlantic supports the research-related needs of educational stakeholders throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania with research, technical assistance, training, and dissemination. ICF provides practitioners and policy-makers with evidence-based improvement strategies, sponsors educational research forums, and conducts stakeholder-driven short-term research projects.
ICF conducted a formative and summative evaluation of the Texas Adolescent Literacy Academies (TALA), a statewide teacher professional development (PD) program, to assess its quality, implementation, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness. This work highlights ICF’s expertise in evaluating the implementation and impact of adult learning opportunities that support adolescent learning and development.
The Texas Education Agency Best Practices Clearinghouse (TEA BPC) supports schools in improving learning for all students by providing a means for schools to share information about evidence-based best practices. ICF supports this project by developing the framework and evidence standards for assessing best practices, leading webinars, analyzing data on targeted outcomes, and designing and hosting the website.
ICF works closely with the District of Columbia's Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) to redesign a system of quality improvement for child care providers, which integrates an early childhood workforce professional development system, District-wide licensing regulations, and subsidy reimbursement.
ICF is a key partner on the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC), which was established by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences in 2002 to provide educators, policymakers, researchers, and the public with a central and trusted source of scientific evidence of what works in education.
ICF was selected by the U.S. Department of Education to manage the Reform Support Network, which was designed to help states implement sweeping reforms in education policy and practice.
ICF has operated the National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center (NCCIC) since 1994, providing broad information on early and school age care and education through its website, toll-free line, and email service on behalf of the Office of Child Care.
ICF conducted a formative and summative evaluation of three discretionary grant programs focused on dropout prevention to assess their implementation, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness. This work highlights ICF’s expertise in designing quasi-experimental studies using a mixed-methods approach to measure the impact of program activities on student and teacher outcomes.