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Education in the Appalachian States

ICF examines education in the Appalachian states in a series of information briefs. Sign up to be notified when new Insights are posted.

ICF is embedded in the Appalachian region, with offices in North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. We understand the diversity, uniqueness, and cultural and economic complexity of the area, including issues such as the significance of community development to rural places, the effect of "brain drain" on Appalachian communities, and the advantages and challenges wrought by the region’s history. Like many of our Appalachian clients, our attachment to the area nurtures our commitment to providing high-quality services that improve quality of life in the region.

ICF evaluation, research, and technical assistance services in the Appalachian region are tailored to client needs and are responsive to local and regional contexts. Our experts have a wide range of knowledge, skills, and methods with which to serve the Appalachian area, including:

    • Randomized control trials
    • Quasi-experiments
    • Implementation evaluation
    • Survey research
    • Innovative approaches to T/TA (i.e., Executive coaching)
    • Technology-assisted T/TA
    • T/TA forecasting, tracking, and trend analysis
    • Evaluation of T/TA impact
  • Community Engagement       
    • Research and valuation
    • Stakeholder inclusion in program design and evaluation
    • Community development
    • Housing
  • Supporting Learning Across a Lifetime       
    • Adult education
    • Workforce development
    • Leadership development
  • Meeting the Needs of Vulnerable Populations          
    • Dropout prevention
    • Child welfare
    • Justice programs and victims’ services
    • Health