The National Home Education Research Institute's mission is to: Produce high-quality research (e.g., statistics, facts, findings) on home-based education (homeschooling). Serve as a clearinghouse of research for the public, researchers, homeschoolers, the media, and policy makers. Educate the public concerning the findings of all research on home education. Whether called homeschooling, home schooling, home-based education, home education, home-schooling, unschooling, deschooling, or a form of alternative education, the movement is growing and the National Home Education Research Institute is tracking and analyzing it, internationally.
NHERI's forte is in the realm of research, statistics, technical reports, data, facts, demographics, the academic world, consulting, academic achievement tests, and expert witness (in courts and legislatures) while serving people ranging from researchers and policy makers to professional educators, teachers, homeschoolers (home schoolers), and parents in general to the media, marketing consultants, and the general public.
NHERI was founded by its president Dr. Brian D. Ray, Ph.D., who has been the editor of the refereed academic journal Home School Researcher since 1985. In fulfilling its mission, NHERI engages in professional research for various clients throughout the nation and internationally. In addition, Dr. Ray and his associates serve as consultants to the growing number of those presently engaged in research on home education topics.