We find answers to the questions that matter

We leverage evidence to help our clients measure effectiveness, understand value, and realize goals. With decades of experience in education, health, and the arts we apply expertise in implementation of effective practices and improvement of outcomes. ​

Our services


Good feedback is key to improvement. Our specialty is conducting scientific research and program evaluation to deliver accurate and timely information that helps our clients answer important questions.


Knowledge and solid strategy are at the core of every successful initiative. We develop and disseminate quality programs and effective practices to support continuous improvement in education and other human services.


Our clients are committed to improving outcomes and experiences for the people they serve. We empower stakeholders by offering capacity-building support and technical assistance to overcome challenges.


Our clients deserve visually appealing products that tell the story in the data with simple language and credible illustration. We present data in a way that all stakeholders can understand and act on.


Understanding our clients and their needs is key. We provide personalized services, practical recommendations, and useful products for diverse audiences.


Amazing things happen when experience is shared. We believe consultation should be a collaborative process that promotes creative thinking, practical planning, and adaptability.

Our best work happens when
we collaborate with people who have

different perspectives

Our areas of expertise


Improving opportunities to ensure that children and adults achieve their full potential

  • Needs assessment, strategic planning, policy development
  • Standards and assessment resources
  • Curriculum-based interventions 
  • Equity in education
  • Early childhood education
  • School and school system improvement
  • Reading and literacy
  • STEM education
  • Community, family, and parent engagement
  • Talent development, educator preparation, and professional development
  • School choice


Promoting positive physical and mental well-being

  • Alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention and treatment
  • Childhood obesity prevention
  • Community initiatives and partnerships 
  • Homelessness and supportive housing 
  • Public health and safety education 
  • Violence prevention


Supporting cultural programs that enhance communities’ creative capacity

  • Museums, zoos, community-based organizations, public media
  • Performing and visual arts organizations and artists
  • Engagement and participation
  • Arts education and informal education
  • Social justice and programs for at-risk youth
  • Volunteer and mentorship programs


We are proud to partner with clients to make a difference. Our clients include local, state, and federal agencies; philanthropic foundations; creative services organizations and other nonprofits, higher education institutions; and private businesses.

State Education Agencies including

  • California Department of Education
  • Colorado Department of Education
  • Florida Department of Education
  • Louisiana Department of Education
  • Massachusetts Department of Education
  • New York State Education Department
  • Oregon Department of Education
  • Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Other Clients

  • Alliance for a Healthier Generation
  • American Heart Association
  • Americans for the Arts/Animating Democracy
  • Arizona State University
  • Arts Midwest
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • City University of New York
  • Comagine Health
  • Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
  • Florida State University
  • Foundation for Excellence in Education
  • George Lucas Educational Foundation
  • HILL for Literacy
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Idaho Office of Drug Policy
  • Imagine Learning
  • National Center on Improving Literacy
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • National Institute of Justice
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • National Science Foundation
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Nebraska Department of Education
  • Nevada Department of Education
  • New York State Education Department
  • North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
  • Northeast Comprehensive Center
  • Oregon Department of Education
  • Oregon Health Authority
  • Oregon Public Broadcasting
  • PeaceJam Foundation
  • Rhode Island Department of Health
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Scholastic Corporation
  • South Dakota Department of Education
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • The Ford Family Foundation
  • The Gates Foundation
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • Utah State Board of Education
  • Vermont Agency of Education
  • Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Washington State Department of Health
  • Wyoming Department of Education