Regional Educational Laboratory West

Program Staff

Program Director

Nikola Filby

The Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West) at WestEd, serving Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah, is part of a national network of 10 RELs whose mission is to provide research, analytic support, and resources that increase the use of high‑quality data and evidence in education decision-making, and link research with practice.

Most REL West work is carried out in partnership with educators, including state and local decisionmakers; and district and school support providers and practitioners. The work through partnerships is focused on high-leverage problems, defined as those that are priorities for regional educators and policymakers, and that could result in substantial improvements in education outcomes for many students or for key subgroups of students. Each partnership focuses on one or more of four priority topics: educator development, early learning, post-secondary pathways, and support of the whole child.

Educators across the region are provided access to REL research, and technical assistance on the use of evidence, through webinars, infographics, videos, a research digest, e-newsletters, as well as events that bring together researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to learn deeply about an issue and consider approaches to education improvements.

Note: We are currently in the process of building the REL West website for the 2017-2022 REL West contract. Please visit to download any of the resources we developed in the 2012-2017 contract.