REL Northeast and Islands


Regional Educational Laboratory Program

REL Northeast and Islands, or REL-NEI, is one of 10 Regional Educational Laboratories across the country charged with helping states and districts systematically use data and analysis to answer important issues of education policy and practice with the goal of improving student outcomes. The Regional Educational Laboratory Program is funded by the Institute of Education Sciences at the US Department of Education.

REL Northeast and Islands builds research capacity and a knowledge base across the region by:

  • Assisting states, districts, and schools in using their data systems;
  • Conducting and supporting high-quality research and evaluation that focuses on four regional priorities;
  • Providing opportunities for practitioners to engage with education research; and
  • Helping education policymakers and practitioners to incorporate data-based inquiry practices into regular decision-making.

REL Northeast and Islands carries out its work primarily in collaboration with new or existing partnerships, or “research alliances” of practitioners, policymakers, and others who share a specific education concern. It is led by Education Development Center in partnership with the American Institutes for Research and WestEd.

About EDC

EDC designs, implements, and evaluates programs to improve education, health, and economic opportunity worldwide. EDC manages 250 projects in 30 countries. Visit

About AIR

American Institutes for Research is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education, and workforce productivity.

About WestEd

WestEd is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency, working with education and other communities to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults. Learning Innovations is its program in the Northeast.