An education, Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote in the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, “is the very foundation of good citizenship.” A solid foundation requires continuous examination and refinement of the policies, programs, and curricula intended to help everyone succeed academically. It also requires understanding and addressing the individual-, community-, and society-level factors that affect learning and academic achievement.

DSG’s Education Practice is devoted to promoting education excellence and equity through rigorous research and evaluation of programs and policies, training and technical assistance to help programs implement evidence-based curricula, and consultation with school administrators and teachers to improve classroom performance.

The members of DSG’s Education Practice possess comprehensive knowledge, skills, and experience concerning the entire education continuum, from early childhood through college and beyond, including expertise in college and career readiness. We stay current on local, state, and national education policy and we know what works.

Our work in education has been a part of our firm for the past 10 years. To read about our past work in education, please visit our project history page.


Research and Evaluation

DSG engages in original quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research to understand the individual and systemic factors that affect learning and academic achievement. We conduct systematic research reviews and meta-analyses, as well as secondary data analysis.

DSG is an established leader in assessing the evidence of education programs and practices. As the primary contractor and developer of the Institute of Education Sciences What Works Clearinghouse.

Training and Technical Assistance

In our work with schools, education organizations and agencies, we build capacity, form strategic partnerships, maintain resiliency, and achieve sustainability. In addition to expert consulting, we design, deliver, organize, facilitate, and manage all manner of training and technical assistance, including in-person and Web-based training.

The members of DSG’s Education Practice are able to provide training and technical assistance on how to conduct and evaluate studies to meet Institute of Education Sciences What Works Clearinghouse standards, with multiple staff certified in conducting What Works Clearinghouse study reviews.

DSG’s Education Practice has also provided training and technical assistance in school and district improvement, implementation of value-added teacher quality initiatives, and development and evaluation of innovative educational programs.


DSG applies objectivity, rigorous analysis, and the best of science in our work with to improve performance and service delivery by getting everyone working toward the same goals.

Members of DSG’s Education Practice apply their previous experience working at regional education laboratories and national education centers, where they supported outcome-based improvement strategies and turnaround among state and local education agencies.


DSG provides first-rate editorial, design, and information technology expertise to help schools, as well as education organizations and agencies, effectively connect their message to their target audience. Relevant products include practice guides, evidence maps, intervention reports, single study reviews, webinars, infographics, and videos.


DSG plans and produces trade shows, exhibits, conferences, and other thought-leadership events for groups of all sizes, adhering to best practices and ethics of the meeting management profession.

Members of DSG’s Education Practice also have experience with conference management and event planning through prior work experience with regional educational laboratories, including conference and event planning to support innovation and improvement in state and local education agencies.


Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners. John Holt.