CIFR brings together the following strategic partners to provide technical assistance and services to states.
WestEd is a nonprofit research and development agency, and a national leader in providing technical assistance in special and general education.
A nonprofit research and evaluation organization, American Institutes for Research (AIR) provides customized professional development and other technical assistance across the country to build capacity of states and school districts.
Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE), Utah State University (USU) is the technical assistance division of the Center for Persons with Disabilities at USU, having contracts and grants in many states to support them in serving students with disabilities.
Westat is an employee-owned research firm known for the quality of its staff in statistical design, survey research, and program evaluation.
The Improve Group provides research, evaluation, planning, and training and serves as the external evaluator for CIFR, conducting formative and summative evaluations.