Practical Research in Accessible Form

At IDR, we’re dedicated to designing, conducting and sharing research, all in practical, understandable ways.

What we do. We share summaries of existing research. We develop and/or identify tools such as surveys and rubrics. We collect and analyze data. We provide customized research and evaluation services to educators and educational stakeholders. Essentially, we make the best available data and research available to the people who work in education.

What we care about. All students deserve the opportunity to high-quality instruction to prepare them for meaningful lives and engaged participation in society. Currently, not all students have that opportunity, and remedying that painful fact is what motivates all the work we do. We believe that high-quality evidence can guide our decisions about how to improve systems, curricula, material, instruction, supports and even relationships in schools.

We also know that educators can’t benefit from data and research if they can’t access or understand findings. That’s why one of our goals is to create summaries, slide shows, reports, and data displays that communicate in clear and useful ways.

Clients & Partners

IDR has worked with

  • Northwest Regional Educational Service District on their College and Career Readiness Inventory (Hillsboro, Oregon)
  • Portland State University faculty from the College of Education on increasing the number of administrators of color in the state (Portland, Oregon)
  • School Retool, d school, Stanford University (Palo Alto, California)
  • Chalkboard Project, a non-profit supporting public education in Oregon, on its efforts to help districts design and implement their own professional growth plans (Oregon)

During her 16 years at Education Northwest, Dr. Deussen has worked with a wide range of stakeholders across the Pacific Northwest and nationally.

Federal & State Agencies

Alaska Department of Education and Early Development

Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (Washington)

Oregon Department of Education

State Department of Education (Idaho)

School Districts

Oregon school districts: Beaverton School District, Crook County School District, David Douglas School District, Hillsboro School District, Tigard-Tualitan School District

Washington school districts: Auburn School District, Evergreen School District, Federal Way School District, Grandview School District, Highline School District, Mabton School District, Renton School District, Seattle Public Schools, Spokane School District, Sunnyside School District, Toppenish School District, Tukwila School District, Yakima School District, Zillah School District

What makes IDR different?

There are many organizations, large and small, that design and administer surveys, conduct interviews, analyze achievement or behavior data. IDR is one of many that can provide efficient, well-designed services.

There are a few things, however, that make us different from other organizations.

One is the way we work closely with clients. We aim to understand your situation and your needs. We take the time to get to understand your program in depth. We bring hundreds of hours of observation to our work, observations of classroom instruction, professional development programs, or professional planning meetings. This background allows us to quickly spot what is unique about your program and your context. Furthermore, we stay in close contact with you as the work progresses–weekly check-ins are not uncommon.

Another is our focus on equity. We ask questions about your program designed to bring up issues that may have been overlooked: who is able to access your program? Who is left out, and why? Who is at the table making decisions? How do the results, rewards, and obstacles look different for different students?

And of course, we emphasize the comprehensibility and usefulness of end products (reports, slide decks, graphs, etc.). If it doesn’t make sense to you, if it’s not concise, readable, and relevant to your work, we know you won’t use it. So we tailor products to your setting and your need.