ICF supports the improvement of youth and adult education through research, evaluation, technical assistance, and training. Our expertise spans elementary, secondary, postsecondary, and adult education and focuses on critical issues such as school reform and improvement; career pathways; college and career readiness; and student, school, and intervention outcomes.
As a trusted partner to our clients — federal, state, and local agencies; foundations; and nonprofit organizations — ICF recognizes that its stakeholders—students, parents, educators, researchers, and policymakers — are our clients, too. ICF's approach is to improve the skills and knowledge of clients while building their capacity to meet future challenges.
ICF is a producer of research that meets rigorous methodological standards and has an extensive history of large-scale evaluation of education initiatives, including randomized control trials, quasi-experimental studies, and mixed methods. Examining complex research questions, ICF researchers look for evidence-based answers that translate quickly into improved practice.
Combining proficiency in research and evaluation with expertise in technical assistance enables ICF to guide clients through practical applications that translate research into practice. As true partners to our clients, ICF considers their concerns and customizes technical assistance plans, implementation, and evaluations to achieve the outcomes they seek and the capacity to sustain their work.