who we are

Founded in 1983, Augenblick, Palaich and Associates (APA) is a privately owned firm with extensive experience analyzing public education systems and policies.

Our mission is to help clients solve problems so they can meet student performance goals and improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of our nation's public schools. We also help our clients understand the fiscal, legal, and policy implications of implementing education reforms, including both short and long-term impacts. Our staff accomplish this mission using a variety of research techniques, including education data analysis, literature reviews, interviews, surveys, panel or focus group discussions, and statistical analyses.

Just a few examples of the types of education issues we address include:

  • Resources and funding schools need to reach student performance expectations;
  • Costs of implementing quality early childhood programs;
  • Education practices that successful schools use to raise at-risk student achievement;
  • Understanding the impacts of school choice;
  • Developing innovative ways to compensate, attract, and retain teachers; and
  • Analyzing the efficiency of district and school resource use.

A particular strength of our firm is that we are nonpartisan and focus on using data to find specific answers to the problems our clients ask of us. We work with public education stakeholders at every level: state legislatures, governors' offices, state education agencies and boards of education, business leaders, foundations, school district superintendents and business officers, county-level leaders, teacher associations, and numerous other groups interested in improving our country's education system. Over more than three decades our work has carried us across all 50 states. This experience gives our staff the distinct advantage of having viewed the challenges facing our nation's schools from multiple perspectives. Understanding these different perspectives is critical to implementing sustainable and effective policy change.  To download a fact sheet summarizing our work, please click here.

Since 2012, APA has been a part of the Regional Educational Laboratory for the Central region (REL Central), with our partners Marzano Research Laboratory and RMC Research Corporation. REL Central is one of ten laboratories around the country, operating under contract with the US Department of Education. REL Central focuses on building alliances with state- and district-level education leaders in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming to explore key policies surrounding educator effectiveness, postsecondary education and workforce readiness, and closing the achievement gap.  Click here to learn more about APA's work with REL Central.

why us?

Nationally recognized leader in education issues for over 30 years
APA has worked across the country on education issues- including school finance, educator effectiveness, early childhood education, cost modeling and program evaluation- and has proven impact. A number of states use funding systems based upon APA work, districts use teacher compensation systems or budgeting approaches developed by APA, and programs have used the results of our work to improve their programs or demonstrate their successes.
close collaboration with policymakers and stakeholders at national, state, and local levels
APA works closely with our clients throughout our projects. APA has worked for national foundations, state governments, state education agencies, school districts, schools, non-profits, and local communities. We believe in research being understandable and accessible for all audiences.
expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods
APA has expertise in a wide range of approaches that we leverage in conducting our work, including: data analysis, cost modeling, statistical modeling, surveys, interviews, focus groups, facilitation, and literature reviews.

meet our team

Located at our offices in Denver, Colorado, APA's full time staff members have a diverse array of expertise and knowledge. The combination of skills these individuals bring to our team - from statistical and data analysis, to experience conducting surveys, interviews, and focus group or panel discussions - allows APA to examine the full array of quantitative and qualitative factors that can influence the development of education policy. To learn more about our individual team members, please click on their names below.