The Center for IDEA Fiscal Reporting (CIFR) provides state leaders and staff with supports and resources to accurately report and use fiscal data to meet the needs of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities and their families. These supports include:
- training and technical assistance on the fiscal requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
- publications and tools that help states collect, report, and use IDEA fiscal data.
- national events, communities of practice, and other networking opportunities for states to learn from one another.
CIFR helps states address any challenges with fiscal data quality and federal regulations so that infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities and their families can continue to receive the special education and early intervention services they need.
The center is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and is led by WestEd in partnership with AEM Corporation, American Institutes for Research (AIR), Emerald Consulting, the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE) at Utah State University, and Westat. The Improve Group is CIFR’s external evaluator.