The History of IERS

The Institute for Educational Research and Service

IERS was founded as a result of a $25,000 grant awarded by the Kellogg Foundation in 1956. The four-year study funded by the grant was part of a nationwide program to measure administrative effectiveness in education and to provide educational consulting services.

While IERS' areas of focus have ranged broadly in the years since then, externally sponsored projects remain central to our work. Recent and ongoing service and research activities include the development of initiatives to promote school safety, suicide prevention, and trauma-informed practices in schools and child welfare systems. We have also developed or provided technical assistance with programs for students with diverse abilities, community policing efforts, childhood mental health initiatives, and teachers' training in technology.

Since 2002, IERS has recieved over $34 million in state and national grants, many of these in collaboration with schools and tribes. IERS has partnered with numerous private, state, tribal, and federal agencies including:
  • The National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
  • The Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
  • The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA)
  • The Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI)
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Healthy Students (US ED OSHS)
  • Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center (REMS-TA)
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 
  • U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and its Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
  • U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
  • Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS)
  • Corporation for National and Community Service - Learn and Serve (CNCS)
  • U.S. State Department and the American Councils
  • Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council
  • Local, state, tribal, and national law enforcement agencies