IES Seeks Feedback on REL Program

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is seeking feedback about what works well in the current Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Program, what can be improved, and the kinds of resources and services related to evidence-based practice and data use that are most needed by educators and policymakers to improve student outcomes.

IES seeks comments that are practical, specific, and actionable, and that demonstrate a familiarity with the mission and work of the RELs.

Please send feedback to by September 6, 2019. IES is particularly interested in responses to the following questions:

  • What types of materials or tools would be helpful to educators implementing What Works Clearinghouse Practice Guide Recommendations or other evidence-based practices? Are there other ways the RELs could make research evidence more accessible for educators and administrators?
  • What types of data and research support are most needed by educators and policymakers to improve student outcomes?
  • IES believes that robust partnerships, comprised of a diverse set of stakeholders, are critical to the translation and mobilization of evidence-based practices. Currently, research partnerships are a centerpiece of the REL program. What working models have you observed to be particularly effective in improving student outcomes?
  • In what ways can RELs best serve the country as well as their designated regions?

The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Program builds the capacity of educators to use data and research to improve student outcomes. Each REL responds to needs identified in its region and makes learning opportunities and other resources available to educators throughout the United States.

Reprinted from the May 31, 2019 National Center for Education Evaluation (NCEE) and Regional Assistance blog.