Finding Innovative Answers for Today's Challenges

The American Institutes for Research® brings together deep expertise and broad capabilities to answer pressing questions across a wide array of topics, from education and child welfare, to public health and mental well-being, to workforce opportunities and international development.

Insights from Our Work

Designing Technical Assistance to Solve Challenging Problems

Technical assistance (TA) has the potential to promote equitable, sustainable outcomes for all, by pairing individuals and groups, such as education leaders, community members, and school districts, with experts who can guide the change-making process. In this video Q&A, AIR’s Tori Cirks and Garry Davis explain more about AIR’s approach to technical assistance and discuss how it can be effective.

AIR's Tori Cirks and Garry Davis

Spotlight on Our Work


AIR bridges knowledge and action to support the whole child and family. We work with educators, students, and policymakers to study and implement evidence-based programs and policies that improve outcomes.


AIR experts use rigorous evidence to address all areas of health and well-being, including physical, social, and emotional, throughout the life cycle, from promotion and prevention to treatment and care.

Human Services

AIR’s work supports stakeholders in developing a better understanding of the factors that shape outcomes for young people, families, and communities, and discovering opportunities to help them thrive.


AIR works around the globe to build evidence to improve the quality and relevance of programs and initiatives in developing countries to ensure equitable access for all.


AIR applies its decades of workforce research in developing the knowledge, tools, systems, and programs needed to maximize human and organizational potential in the 21st century.
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