ICF addresses important issues in education from early childhood to adult learning and focuses on continuous program quality improvement. We design rigorous studies to improve program outcomes for children, students, teachers, and parents. Collaboratively working with government agencies, universities, and nonprofits enables us to understand their unique needs for obtaining funding, improving program quality, and addressing accountability.
Our research designs are grounded in relevant literature, guided by logic models, and measured by meaningful indicators. A toolbox of research and evaluation methodologies is utilized based on the study context and includes case studies, focus groups, observation, interviews, surveys, quasi-experimental studies, and randomized controlled trials. A key objective is to translate research into practice. We use data and findings to deliver evidence-based recommendations for program administrators, educators, and funders.
ICF researchers use hands-on experience and expertise in critical education topics such as school readiness, professional development, charter schools, drug-free schools, and career pathways. Our geographically dispersed team of experts works directly with local, state, and national organizations, and our international presence enables us to bring global insights to help improve local programs.