American Institutes for Research (AIR)

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The American Institutes for Research® (AIR) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance to solve some of the most urgent challenges in the U.S. and around the world. We do this work because when we look to the future, we see opportunities to close gaps that are rooted in injustice. At AIR, we know that equity begins with systems that work for everyone, so we lead with expertise, follow the evidence, and never stop drawing new connections to build a better, more equitable world.

Our Mission

AIR’s mission is to generate and use rigorous evidence that contributes to a better, more equitable world.

Our mission is more than just a statement—it is the foundation of our organization. It inspires our people, informs our work, and drives how we partner with others to improve lives.

Our Vision, Culture, & Values

At AIR, we are collaborative, inquisitive, and visionary – we support one another, and work nimbly and collaboratively to make a greater impact. We believe that intellectual diversity and respect for the contributions of each individual is central to our success.


Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Our commitment to diversity goes beyond compliance. It is integrated into our strategy, operations, and work environment. It is reflected in our efforts to recruit, develop, and engage the diverse staff we need to achieve mission and serve our clients and communities.


AIR Equity Initiative

In addition to serving our mission through client-driven work, AIR invests its own talent and resources to tackle seemingly intractable, long-standing problems that prevent too many people from having access to good health care, education, and pathways to employment.

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

Mapping Early College Programs Across the U.S.

AIR researchers have been studying the effects of Early College Programs—in which traditionally underrepresented students have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and an associate degree or up to two years of college credits toward a bachelor’s degree in high school—since 2002. They have found significant and positive effects of Early Colleges on both high school and college outcomes for all students, providing strong evidence that promoting postsecondary access and success can be an effective policy strategy for improving postsecondary enrollment and completion rates.


Using evidence to improve education outcomes, from early childhood to postsecondary and beyond.

Increasing the effectiveness of education

The American Institutes for Research® (AIR) is committed to increasing the effectiveness of education at all levels through rigorous research and evaluation, training, and technical assistance. Our work spans the learning lifespan—from pre-K to postsecondary education, career readiness, and adult education—and focuses on a wide range of topics, including STEM, social and emotional learning, and state and federal education policies.

Our rigorous, state-of-the-art research and evaluation work provides important evidence for education policymakers and practitioners to use when answering crucial questions about program implementation, challenges, and solutions. Through our technical assistance work, our experts help clients address educational issues and challenges at the local, state, national, and international levels by applying evidence-based practices in educational and community settings.

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Eldama Park
Eldama Ravine Road
Nairobi, Kenya


American Institutes for Research®
1400 Crystal Drive
10th Floor
Arlington, VA 22202-3289

Phone: (202) 403-5000 (for all locations)
FAX: (202) 403-5000 (for all locations)

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