The William T. Grant Foundation invests in high-quality research to ensure that young people from diverse backgrounds reach their fullest potential.
Grants and Grantees
Five new research grants and one new Distinguished Fellowship will build stronger theory and empirical evidence in our focus areas of reducing inequality and the use of research evidence.
Evidence at the Crossroads, Pt. 9
A culture of evidence that shapes the accreditation of educator preparation programs can have an enormous influence over the education landscape. But will it work?
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.
Inequality and Opportunity: The Role of Exclusion, Social Capital, and Generic Social Processes in Upward Mobility
What processes isolate the disadvantaged and thereby limit the accumulation of social capital that would help them get ahead? And how can research illuminate responses that would reduce inequality and improve upward mobility? Duke University’s Linda Burton and Whitney Welsh tackle these questions and more in a new report that focuses on the often unseen micro level social processes that divide our society and preserve an unequal status quo.