Technical Assistance

Drawing from research and best practice, WestEd delivers high-quality technical assistance that actively supports leadership teams working to build state and local capacity across a range of areas and pressing issues. Our work focuses on developing sustainable, scalable solutions alongside organizational and systemwide supports to ensure rapid, significant improvement.

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Policy Analysis and Other Support

How can policymakers and other leaders in education and related fields know whether a proposed policy or strategy is likely to result in the desired outcomes? How can they find out what others are doing to address challenges similar to the ones they face in their own locale? WestEd's Policy Center provides policymakers and other leaders at the national, state, district, and local levels with the information, analysis, and other support they need in order to make well-informed decisions.

Providing Leaders with Trustworthy Information from a Nonpartisan Partner

The Policy Center brings the best knowledge from research and practice to bear on key policy issues so clients can thoughtfully consider the potential impacts of different choices they might make and can understand what decisions are most likely to yield positive results — and why. In doing so, the Center:
  • Distills and shares relevant research findings
  • Conducts scans of policy or practice
  • Carries out regional or state-specific studies on key topics of interest
  • Analyzes current or pending legislation
Center staff respond to direct requests from federal, state, and local policymakers and leaders, including state legislators and legislative staff, as well as state education agencies and other state agencies. Other education stakeholders include:
  • School boards
  • Governors and gubernatorial staff
  • Officials at institutions of higher education
  • Foundations
  • District leaders
  • Regional consortia
  • Business roundtables
Given the range of requests received and the scope and relative immediacy of the needs they represent, the Policy Center is prepared to deliver its findings in any of a variety of formats— from basic data tabulations and internal memoranda to more formal reports and presentations.

Convening Policy Leaders

The Policy Center organizes one- and two-day conferences, symposia, and group meetings around key policy topics, allowing leaders to learn together about research and best practice. The Center also convenes and supports longer-term learning communities for local leaders (e.g., elected officials, business leaders) who are committed to understanding the common education challenges experienced in their locales and to working with their school districts to tackle those challenges over an extended period. One example of this work is the statewide Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable, whose members work in partnership with their local school district to lower dropout rates. Because our policy services are customized to fit the needs and goals of the client, cost varies. Use the form below to let us know what you need, and we will get back to you.