Our approach to identifying the region's educational needs and priorities relies on data gathered from multiple sources including via electronic communications, such as our online request form; direct REL staff member contact with education stakeholders in the region, including Governing Board and Research Alliance (RA) members; and review and analysis of public information, such as regional publications and proceedings from state legislative sessions. Because our work is carried out primarily through RAs with states, districts, and charter schools, they will serve as our key sources of information about regional needs and requests for analytic support. We will compile and analyze continuously data generated from such sources.
Based on our weekly analyses of requested and documented needs, REL staff may provide analytic technical support, design and conduct applied research and evaluation activities, or coordinate with other federal education technical assistance providers to address regional needs. On an ongoing basis, REL staff will solicit and assess customer satisfaction with REL products and services and use those data to refine the focus of our research and how we conduct technical assistance and dissemination activities.
To ensure the transparency of these needs assessment and response processes, REL staff will develop quarterly reports documenting our progress and will analyze the distribution of REL resources to ensure equity throughout the region and across different types of stakeholders.
REL Mid-Atlantic Communities Served
The map below displays the areas in which REL Mid-Atlantic is providing service. This map allows our staff to track service coverage, identify underserved communities, and refine outreach activities.