Program Support

Helping states improve IDEA data quality

The Office of Special Education Programs has modified its approach to state accountability and is emphasizing data-based improvement planning for systemic change. With this new results-driven accountability model, states...

Improving the quality of medical labs in Africa

Cheikh Anta Diop University (CADU) in Dakar, Senegal is working to help improve the quality of medical laboratory testing in Africa. Westat partnered with CADU to establish a proficiency...

NHANES: Assessing the health and nutritional status of Americans over time

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) assesses the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the U.S. The NHANES interview includes demographic, socioeconomic, dietary, and...

Taking the pulse of the Hispanic population

A firm that helps companies market to Hispanics asked Westat to create an efficient management portal for its survey panel, which is a set of people who are asked...

Evaluating Discovery Research for students

This National Science Foundation program promotes advances in student and teacher learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by developing, studying, and implementing resources, models, and technologies for...

Evaluating a program to improve STEM learning and teaching

The Research and Evaluation of Education in Science and Engineering (REESE) program provides grants to advance STEM education and provide foundational knowledge to improve STEM teaching and learning for...

Evaluating and improving vocational rehabilitation

Many people have physical or mental health problems that make it difficult to get a job or keep a job. State vocational rehabilitation (VR) programs provide counseling, medical care,...

Are government services for older Americans hitting their target?

The federal government provides a wide variety of services to older Americans, particularly those who have low incomes, are members of minority groups, or live in rural areas. The...

Improving data quality and data use in education

Congress requires federal agencies to measure their program performance every year. The Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) specifies the information that agencies must collect and show to Congress...

Evaluating Protect MiFamily

To help keep children safe in their own homes and improve child well-being and family functioning, the Michigan Department of Human Services’ Protect MiFamily program provides intensive and innovative...

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