Policy Center

Program Staff

Program Director

Paul Koehler

The Policy Center brings clarity to complex issues by examining all sides and presenting objective, evidence-based findings. Staff respond to requests from Congress and federal agencies, and state and local agencies, boards of education, and other policy leaders. Learn about our policy analyses services and how we can help you make informed decisions that result in positive impact.

In addition to providing policy analyses requested by clients, we produce occasional Policy Briefs — objective, research-based analyses of current trends in education reform and recent developments benefiting children and families. The Center also organizes and hosts policy conferences and symposia, which are typically one- to two-day events that feature keynote addresses, research presentations, and panel discussions.

The Center operates the West Comprehensive Center, which helps Arizona, Nevada, and Utah state leaders with their initiatives to implement, support, scale up, and sustain statewide education reforms. The Center also works with the University of Oklahoma to support the states of Colorado and New Mexico. Since 2005, WestEd has operated the Center, formerly known as the Southwest Comprehensive Center.