About Westat

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Dedicated to improving lives through research, Westat offers innovative professional services to help clients improve outcomes in education, health and social policy.

Westat is a leader in research, data collection and analysis, technical assistance, evaluation, and communications. Our evidence-based findings help clients in government and the private sector accelerate advancements in health, education, and social and economic policy. Our approach is rooted in rigorous statistical and data science methods with an unflagging dedication to improving lives through research—we approach each project with investigative curiosity, data rigor, adaptive methods, and advanced technology. These attributes, unchanged since our establishment in 1963, combined with our innovative thinking, transparency, and adaptability, are why clients find exceptional value in our work.

What We Do

Westat offers a range of services including large- and small-scale surveys, program assessments and evaluation, capacity building and training, clinical trials management and operations, epidemiological studies, and communication and dissemination strategies. Our expertise touches almost every aspect of life—contributing to public policy improvements in education and public health, equity and justice, economic empowerment, mental and behavioral health, youth development, nutrition, housing, military life, and much more. Our clients include the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, Agriculture, Treasury, Justice, Energy, Labor, and many other federal agencies. Westat also serves state and local governments, associations and foundations, and the private sector.

Who We Are

As an employee-owned firm, we are highly motivated to produce outstanding work and maintain exceptional client relationships. Our people are passionate problem-solvers—beginning and ending each project with an exploratory mindset and intense commitment to data and methodological rigor. They include social science and health professionals, technical assistance providers, epidemiologists, and statisticians who are world-renowned for survey statistics and methodology.

What Sets Us Apart

Westat’s hallmark approach to projects—steeped in our statistical origins and guided by our forward-thinking researchers—has led to landmark studies, national recognition, and outstanding work for our clients. Our ongoing investment in tools, technologies, and methodologies ensures our ability to deliver exceptional results to our clients.

Westat’s pledge is to meet clients’ challenges with innovation, insight, and commitment to open, responsive, and reliable relationships. Collaboration is key at Westat, and free of siloed functions, we can draw on talent companywide to solve the toughest problems and bring the best solutions. Our long-standing client relationships testify to our transparency, agility, and high standards of excellence.

I couldn’t be prouder of my diverse, engaged, and talented colleagues who work so hard to make a positive difference in people’s lives here in our communities and around the world. In 2023, we celebrate 60 years in business and look ahead to even greater success.

Scott Royal, President and CEO

Introducing Westat Insight

On June 15, 2022, Westat acquired Insight Policy Research, a highly regarded consulting firm with substantive expertise in health, education, and social policy as well as methodological skills in survey research, evaluation, data collection and analysis, and technical assistance. Westat and Insight were strategic partners for more than 10 years, collaborating on several projects for clients with the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, Agriculture, and others. Both companies share a commitment to quality, a desire to use evidence to support sound policy, and a passion for solving complex problems with innovative solutions. Now branded as “Westat Insight” and operating as a wholly owned subsidiary, our new colleagues will be fully integrated into Westat’s organization, further enhancing our ability to provide more cost-effective, best-in-class service that meets client needs.


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