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

How can intermediaries be effective in bridging research to policy and practice?

Betsy Brand, executive director of the American Youth Policy Forum, reflects on her experience and outlines the importance of trust, communication, and context in the work of organizations that seek to link policymakers, practitioners, and researchers.

School Board Decisions

Four qualities that shape contexts for the use of research evidence in local education policy

Grantee Rob Asen shares findings from his recent research on school boards, which reveal the important contexts and relationships that influence the use of research evidence in local educational policymaking

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.


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.