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About the American Institutes for Research

AIR REL Midwest is administered by American Institutes for Research (AIR). Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., AIR is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance, both domestically and internationally, in the areas of health, education, and workforce productivity.

Through its merger in 2010 with Learning Point Associates, AIR established a major Midwest presence. With more than 150 employees based in the Midwest and a history of operating REL Midwest for more than 25 years, AIR has worked with state education agencies, governors’ offices, and districts and schools to isolate cross-cutting priorities and needs, and identify efficient methods for addressing them.

Within the United States and internationally, AIR strives to be the preeminent organization that:

  • Produces improvements in education, health, and the workforce
  • Addresses the needs of individuals, organizations, and communities
  • Designs and advances statistical and research methods
  • Causes practitioners and organizations to adopt evidence-based practices
  • Informs public understanding and policymaking by the best evidence

AIR’s mission is to conduct and apply the best behavioral and social science research and evaluation toward improving peoples’ lives, with a special emphasis on the disadvantaged.