REL Southwest Partners

Chesapeake Research Associates LLC

Chesapeake Research Associates logo  

Chesapeake Research Associates (CRA), located in historic Annapolis, Maryland, is a for-profit company founded in 2002 to provide research and evaluation services to federal and state governments, nonprofit organizations, and businesses both in the United States and abroad. CRA's goal is to find answers to the most challenging education policy questions through the use of state-of-the-art rigorous research methods and by turning research findings into clear policy and program action steps.

Learn more about CRA

Decision Information Resources Inc.

Decision Information Resources Inc. logo

Decision Information Resources Inc. (DIR) is minority-owned full-service research and evaluation firm specializing in primary data collection and analysis. Since 1984, DIR has provided clients with the research, evaluation, and technical support that they require for making informed decisions, measuring the effectiveness of programs, and planning strategies. DIR partners with REL Southwest in the administration of stakeholder feedback surveys and dissemination of resulting survey data and findings. DIR is also a partner with REL Southeast and for IES, leads the analytic technical assistance and development (ATA&D) project for all 10 RELs (2012–2017 REL program) and researchers at the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE).

Learn more about DIR

Empirical Education Inc.

Empirical Education Inc. logo

Empirical Education Inc. is a Palo Alto, California-based research company that provides rigorous and independent evidence to inform school system decisions. The company brings its expertise in research, data analysis, engineering, and project management to customers that include the U.S. Department of Education, educational publishers, foundations, leading research organizations, and state and local education agencies.

Learn more about Empirical Education

Gibson Consulting Group

Gibson Consulting Group logo

Gibson Consulting Group is a small business based in Austin, Texas. Gibson works closely with school districts, state education agencies, and other organizations on the design, implementation, and execution of research and program evaluation projects to assess the effectiveness of education initiatives and grant programs. A 2012–2017 partner on the REL Southwest and REL Appalachia, Gibson has recently conducted research in the areas of educator effectiveness and appraisal systems, charter school management and performance, afterschool program quality, and prekindergarten programs. Current projects also include examination of the statistical properties of student growth metrics and links between secondary and postsecondary outcomes.

Learn more about Gibson Consulting Group

RAND Education

RAND logo

RAND Education is a division of the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit research institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. For more than 30 years, Rand Education has conducted rigorous, objective research on nearly every aspect of education. The organization's mission is to help policymakers and practitioners make education policies, programs, and practices more effective for all.

Learn more about RAND Education