The William T. Grant Foundation invests in high-quality research focused on reducing inequality and improving the use of research evidence in decisions that affect young people in the United States.
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The Digest: Issue 1
Just released, our 2015 Annual Report highlights notable work from the past year, including profiles of exemplary grantees from each of our programs and details about our ongoing efforts to identify responses to inequality and improve the use of research evidence.
As the recently authorized Every Student Succeeds Act gives states and districts a pivotal role in identifying and carrying out evidence-based school improvement strategies, it’s important to consider how state education agencies acquire and use research evidence. In this post, Diane Massell outlines findings that highlight the importance of the form of research in shaping the social sense-making process and creating a body of shared understandings based on research principles.
Use of Research Evidence
Despite widespread efforts by intermediaries to shape education by conveying research to policymakers, a recent study finds that very few of these policymakers report using research when making decisions. As other studies have found instances where research can shape policy and practice in a variety ways, what explains this contradiction? And what does it mean for efforts to improve the use of research evidence?
In order to tap into the potential of the recently announced Stanford Data Archive, we are collaborating with our friends at the Russell Sage Foundation to sponsor a research grants competition that will support a racially and ethnically diverse cadre of early-career scholars.
Interview with the President