Supporting Research
to Improve the Lives of Young People

The William T. Grant Foundation invests in high-quality research to ensure that young people from diverse backgrounds reach their fullest potential.

Knowledge Neighborhoods

Knowledge Neighborhoods: Building the Infrastructure for Evidence-based Practice

Is it time to stop thinking of research to practice as a point A to point B journey? Rather than talking about building bridges, what if we talked about building dynamic neighborhoods instead? UCLA's Bruce Chorpita considers the potential for an infrastructure that supports the active engagement necessary for finding solutions to the challenges we face.

Future of Educational Inequality

The Future of Educational Inequality: What Went Wrong and How Can We Fix It?

Recent trends indicate that black-white gaps in high school completion and enrollment have narrowed, but the gap in college completion has grown. Socioeconomic gaps have been steady in some areas, but have gotten worse in others. What lies behind these trends, and what can we do about it? Adam Gamoran takes on these questions and more in a new essay.


New Grantees to Focus on Reducing Inequality and Understanding the Use of Research Evidence

Our new cycle of grants includes the first research projects funded under focus on programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality for young people in the U.S. Two researchers will also examine the use of research evidence in policy and practice. And two researchers awarded with Distinguished Fellowships will work in policy and practice settings to build understanding of ways that research can be more relevant to decision makers.


Research Practice Policy Partnerships

How do partnerships help improve outcomes for young people in the child welfare and mental health systems?

In a new report, Lawrence Palinkas, Cherry Short, and Marleen Wong of the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work present three models of successful partnerships in the child welfare and mental health systems. Case studies for each model provide rich examples of the common elements and central themes that characterize the value of partnerships as a strategy for delivering high quality services in high demand settings.