How we are working together

Wested is part of the innovation process. They collaborate on grants and other initiatives to support and study Navigator.

What they do

Success for every learner is WestEd’s main goal and has been for more than 50 years.

As a national leader in research, development, and service, WestEd takes on the toughest and most enduring challenges in education and human development. Our diverse staff collaborate with everyone from preschool teachers to federal policymakers to reduce opportunity gaps and promote positive outcomes for all children and adults. A steadfast commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion is central to that work.

Engaging at the local, state, and national levels, WestEd provides a range of services — research and evaluation, professional learning, technical assistance, and policy guidance. Our work is tailored to the needs of the field and the context of particular clients, rooted in data, and informed by research.


WestEd — nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency — works with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults.

Core Values

Valuing Research
We draw from and add to the research base in our core areas of work and identify the best available evidence to guide decision-making. We share our findings in ways that are useful and accessible to the field, to inform improvements in policy and practice.

Ensuring Excellence and Integrity
We strive to conduct only the highest-quality work and to be impartial, fair, and ethical in carrying out our work.

Focusing on Equity
We operate with a particular commitment to populations that traditionally have been inadequately served or unfairly treated, aiming to eliminate opportunity gaps and foster equitable opportunities and outcomes through all we do.

Striving for Impact
We seek work that is meaningful and useful, and that leads to positive outcomes and sustainable improvements in education, development, and related fields.


Neal Finkelstein, Senior Managing Director at WestEd

Betsy McCarthy, Senior Research Associate

Neal Finkelstein
Betsy McCarthy, Senior Research Associate at WestEd

“Together with pioneering school districts and over 65 collaborators from around the world, we have built a GPS for learning. Now we are on a mission to get it into the hands of all 7 billion learners on earth!”

Prasad Ram – CEO of Gooru

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