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.
AEM Corporation, a woman-owned business, has provided support to federal agencies for over 30 years. AEM manages the collection of IDEA data from school districts and SEAs through operation of the EDFacts data collection and reporting systems.
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.
Emerald Consulting specializes in perinatal and early childhood finance, policy, and integrated systems. Emerald’s work at the local, state, and national levels includes training and TA, policy development, integrated systems development and financing, grant development, and programmatic research and evaluation.
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.
The Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is one of the nation’s largest multidisciplinary centers devoted to the study of young children and their families. FPG promotes positive developmental and educational outcomes for children of all backgrounds through interdisciplinary research, evaluation, implementation, technical assistance, and outreach.
Westat is an employee-owned research firm known for the quality of its staff in a broad range of research and TA areas, including statistical design, survey research, and program evaluation.
Serving as CIFR’s external evaluator, The Improve Group provides research, evaluation, capacity-building, needs assessment, strategic planning, and policy and systems thinking for organizations globally.