On September 1, SECC staff reached out to the director of the Research and Development (R&D) office of ALSDE via e-mail to offer TA. The R&D office has been charged to evaluate two statewide initiatives, the Alabama Reading Initiative and the Alabama Math, Science, Technology Initiative. During September, SECC staff served as thought partners with R&D staff members to discuss the design, methodology, and data elements available to complete the evaluation of ARI. In addition, ALSDE, SECC, and staff members of the Bureau of Program Evaluation from MDE held a joint conference call on September 22. SECC staff facilitated the collaborative conference call, and the purpose was to discuss and share evaluation experiences and methods used by ALSDE and MDE. Following the call, SECC staff provided evaluation resources and detailed notes to all participants on the call.