Dropout Prevention



School dropout is a widespread and serious problem in the United States, with enormous consequences for students who choose its path. ICF International has extensive experience in the conduct of dropout prevention research, as well as in helping policymakers distill research into meaningful findings for policy and practice.

Many factors contribute to students dropping out of school, including poverty, low literacy and achievement levels, parenting responsibilities, and the need to earn money through employment. In areas such as dropout prevention, where students experience multiple challenges and multiple pathways to dropping out of school, innovative research is needed to understand both the complexities behind—and solutions to—the problem.

ICF is a leader in mixed-methods research, which brings together both quantitative and qualitative data to address complex social issues. ICF understands the nuances behind these issues, and also that research is only valuable if the results can be put into action by policymakers and practitioners.


Related Resources

  • Project

    Best Practices in Dropout Prevention Study

    ICF International, along with our partner, the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NCPC/N), was selected by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to conduct an evaluation of best practices in dropout prevention programs.

  • Project

    Five-Year Evaluation of Communities in Schools (CIS)

    The Atlantic Philanthropies funded CIS National and ICF to conduct a five-year, multi-site, mixed-method evaluation of Communities in School, a nationwide initiative that surrounds students with a community of support to empower them to stay in school and achieve in life.

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