The William T. Grant Foundation invests in high-quality research to ensure that young people from diverse backgrounds reach their fullest potential.
Each Scholar will receive $350,000 to execute rigorous five-year research plans that stretch their skills and knowledge into new disciplines, content areas, or methods. As they commence their projects, they will build mentoring relationships with experts in areas pertinent to their development.
Use of Research Evidence
Michele McLaughlin, President of the Knowledge Alliance, talks about her experience interacting with decision makers in Washington, reflects on the often unseen ways that research shapes and influences ideas, and outlines implications for researchers looking to inform policy and practice.
For the past six years, the Foundation has supported research to increase understanding of how research evidence is acquired, understood, and used, as well as the circumstances that shape its use in decision making. As we embark on the next phase of this initiative, we want to support studies of how to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth. To that end, we are shifting our focus from understanding how and under what conditions research is used to understanding how to create those conditions.
Vincent Schiraldi and Bruce Western
With recent advances in neurobiology and developmental psychology, the changing nature of modern adolescence, and increasingly punitive criminal court sanctions, we believe that the adult criminal justice system should look to the family court model for responses to crime by young people ages 18 to 24.