National, Regional, and Local Development

Every community, country, and region has certain competitive advantages, from human resources to existing or emerging industrial strengths. SRI's Center for Science, Technology, and Economic Development helps clients identify their advantages and build on strengths to generate higher-value economic activities.

SRI excels at working with stakeholders to build consensus on a set of core, actionable initiatives to promote long-term economic growth.


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This project sought to answer state policymakers’ immediate questions about early implementation of California’s new school finance system, the Local Control Funding Formula.

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SRI provided much-needed objective economic and industry analysis as a platform for Nevada to formulate a new path toward economic regrowth and revival.

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In a report for the Nevada State Legislature, SRI evaluated how U.S. states fund higher education and compared them to Nevada's funding approaches.

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Using a proprietary NIE assessment technique, SRI mapped the main pillars, frameworks, drivers and institutions underpinning Oman’s innovation capacity.

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In 2009, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine acted upon SRI recommendations to make strategic investments to nurture statewide innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization of up-and-coming technologies.

Press Releases

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A new report on foster youth and California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) finds that most school districts are just beginning to grapple with how to address the needs of foster youth, despite the fact that foster youth have the lowest educational and life outcomes of any student group.

October 28, 2014—Education officials from school districts and county offices of education across the state are enthusiastic about California’s new Local Control Funding Formula. But they are concerned about the future of the effort and challenged by a lack of time, information,...

SRI In the News

School district accountability plans offered “slim evidence of districts’ attention to foster youth” as required under California’s new school funding law, according to a report by SRI International and J Koppich & Associates.

A new SRI study that examines the implementation of California’s Local Control Funding Formula revealed that district leaders welcome a need-based local funding model but that they were hindered by a lack of time, information, skills and resources.

Columnist Dan Walters weighs in on California's Local Control Funding Formula, the implementation of which is being studied by SRI Education and partners.

One year into a sweeping shift of education funding and accountability, a new SRI study finds that most districts struggled to comply with requirements to engage parents in spending decisions.

Research by SRI's Daniel Humphrey and J. Koppich & Associates, Toward a Grand Vision: Early Implementation of California's Local Control Funding Formula, follows the law's first year in 10 school districts: huge and small, urban and rural.

A growing middle class and consumers' evolving attitudes toward health and travel have fueled a global spa and wellness industry worth an estimated $3.4 trillion in 2013, according to an SRI report released on Tuesday.


This strategy is developed to provide prosperity and to erode the effects of poverty by encouraging opportunity and prosperity through the expansion of our four economic base, or “pillar” industries into four major economic “opportunity” areas.

The Local Control Funding Formula is a paradigm shift for California education, and it is still in its infancy. This study addressed four key questions: How are school districts using their newfound budget flexibility in this early implementation phase? How are they engaging parents and other...

Blog Posts

SRI recently issued its final report of economic recommendations for Monterey County, California. The report captured several months of SRI work in collaboration with the county’s Economic Development Department, with a goal to drive sustainable economic in the region.

Brazil, historically a resource- and industrial-based economy, must become a knowledge-based economy to achieve its economic and social goals. This will require significant investments in science and technology to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship and accelerate economic development.

Despite a generally positive view of the LCFF, the first round of development disappointed many in the foster youth community. Based on our review of a sample of 40 districts, and despite some notable exceptions, we found few new investments in services specifically for foster youth. Our research...