• Research Associate
  • Director, Systems Improvement Group
+1 612-624-1144
Inst on Community Integration
Room 202A PtH [map]
150 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Dr. Maureen Hawes has successfully managed and implemented numerous evaluations, research projects, and technical assistance initiatives designed to improve programs and outcomes for students with disabilities. As Co-Principal Investigator and Director of the former North Central Regional Resource Center and a Research Associate at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Hawes has been responsible for the oversight and management of numerous staff, large budgets and complex evaluations and technical assistance initiatives. She served as Program Coordinator for the Regional Resource Center Program which consists of six regional technical assistance centers providing services to State Education Agencies and Lead Agencies in the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). Dr. Hawes has spent over 15 years as a technical assistance provider, delivering high quality technical assistance to numerous state agencies and entities on topics including general supervision and monitoring, evaluation, systems change, evidence-based practices, data analysis and use, and leadership. Dr. Hawes has authored a number of tools and products developed to support both State and local level implementation of IDEA as well as to support State work on the State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR). She has presented at numerous state, national and international conferences on topics including evaluating state initiatives to assess efficacy and relevance, using data and technology strategies to improve outcomes for students with visual impairments, expanding and improving collaborative technical assistance, and developing quality performance measures. Her professional areas of interest include evaluation, performance measurement, general and special education collaboration, systems change, program policy development and implementation, and cultural and linguistic issues for children with disabilities.



National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)

Provides national leadership in designing and building educational assessments and accountability systems that appropriately monitor educational results.


Wisconsin Parent Survey Data Analysis Project [Archived]

Collected, analyzed, and reported on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's Part B Parent Survey. NCRRC's work on the Parent Survey consisted of four activities:…

IT Kit: Thinking Through Improvement [Archived]

Assists targeted state and local agencies in the North Central Region with data utilization and improvement efforts related to IDEA 2004. The passage of IDEA 2004 increased the need for state and…

Systems Improvement Group (SIG)

Provides program evaluation services, high quality technical assistance, stakeholder facilitation, leadership development, and data analysis and visualization services to support systems…

Using Check & Connect to Improve Graduation Rates in Minnesota for Black and American Indian Students with Disabilities

Uses the Check & Connect model developed by ICI to improve graduation rates in Minnesota for Black and American Indian students with disabilities. Check & Connect is a comprehensive intervention…

TIES Center: Increasing Time, Instructional Effectiveness, Engagement, and State Support for Inclusive Practices for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

Creates sustainable changes in school and district educational systems so that students with significant cognitive disabilities can fully engage in the same instructional and non-instructional…

"Learn The Signs, Act Early" Formative Research Evaluation of Developmental Books

Evaluates "Learn the Signs. Act Early" (LTSAE) developmental story books. The project will evaluate the impact of the LTSAE developmental books on parent knowledge and behaviors around early…

North Central Regional Resource Center (NCRRC) [Archived]

Provided technical assistance and dissemination support to state education and lead agencies in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin as they sought to sustain…

Connecting the Dots: Early Transition Training [Archived]

Delivers online training developed by the project to help Part C Service Coordinators, LEA staff, and Service Providers understand important aspects of early childhood transition. This training,…

Indicator 14 Postschool Follow-Up Survey

Gathers information on youth with disabilities who are no longer in secondary school and had an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in place at the time of leaving school. The survey will assess…


NCSET Issue Brief: Collaboration Between General and Special Education: Making it Work

A brief calling for greater collaboration between general and special education teachers as one strategy for facilitating access to the general curriculum for all students, including those with…Published: July 2003

NCEO Brief: Using Local Assessment Data to Measure Progress Toward the State-Identified Measurable Result (SIMR) (#14)

The purpose of this Brief is to outline key strategies for the collection, analysis, and use of local assessment data to monitor progress toward the (State-Identified Measurable Result)SIMR.

Published: February 2018


  • Community life
    • Parenting and family relationships
      • Positive behavior support
        • Self-advocacy and self-determination
        • Early education and development
          • Early childhood transition
            • Early intervention
              • Natural environments
              • Education practices (K12 and transition)
                • Dropout prevention and student engagement
                  • Inclusive education
                    • Transition planning
                    • Educational accountability and assessment
                      • Accountability
                        • Assessment (large-scale, alternate)
                          • Evaluation of education programs
                            • Graduation requirements
                              • IDEA
                                • Public reporting
                                  • State Performance Plans and Annual Performance Reports (SPP/APR)
                                  • Employment and postsecondary education
                                    • Career preparation
                                      • Postsecondary education
                                        • Preparing for postsecondary education
                                        • Specific life stage
                                          • Adolescents and young adults
                                            • Children
                                              • Early childhood


                                              • Dissemination
                                                • Evaluation
                                                  • Research
                                                    • Technical assistance
                                                      • Training and professional development