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Research-Practice Partnerships

Whether at the district, state, or federal level, successful efforts to produce and use research in policy decisions are often the result of cross-departmental collaboration. Given recent reforms, including the 2019 Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act, which calls on federal agencies to create and implement plans for developing evidence to guide their work, models of […]

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President's Comment

While the world grapples with the crisis of COVID-19, each of us faces challenges in our own lives. As a funder, we want to alleviate one sense of pressure you may feel: We intend to be as flexible and understanding as possible when it comes to your work.

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Featured Grantee

In a recent interview we conducted with a congressional aide, she remarked that she was often inundated with research when working on a new policy issue. The aide’s primary goal in seeking out research evidence was to bring a new perspective to how her team was thinking through a given policy issue. This type of research use, wherein the research is a source of ideas, information, and orientations, is frequently defined as conceptual use of research.

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2020 Application Guidelines Now Available for the William T. Grant Scholars Program

The online application will open on April 30, 2020. The application deadline is July 1, 2020 at 3:00 pm EST.

Grant Announcements

We are proud to announce six new research grants, including five to support studies on reducing inequality in youth outcomes and one to support a study on improving the use of research evidence. Approved at the Foundation’s fall board meeting, these grants will build theory and empirical evidence in our two focus areas. The next […]

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Grant Announcements

We are pleased to announce that the Foundation has awarded six community-based organizations in New York City $25,000 grants to improve the quality of their youth programs. The Youth Service Improvement Grants program supports activities to improve the quality of direct services for young people ages 5 to 25 in the five boroughs of New […]

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Insight & Analysis

ICYMI: All of this @nytimes article about science denial is true — but it’s not the whole story. The whole story is worse in some ways, better than others. What accounts for when science is accepted and when it’s denied? Read to the end of this thread. https://t.co/wCsRvt21BT — Adam Gamoran (@agamoran) January 6, 2020 […]

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2020 Application Guidelines Now Available for Youth Service Improvement Grants

The online application will open in early-February 2020. The next deadline for applications is March 12, 2020 at 3:00 pm EST.

Institutional Challenge Grant

We are very pleased to announce the finalists for the 2020 Institutional Challenge Grant. Launched in 2017, the Institutional Challenge Grant program encourages research institutions to build long-term research-practice partnerships with public agencies or nonprofit organizations in order to reduce inequality in youth outcomes. To do so, research institutions will need to shift their policies […]

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Featured Grantee

If we hope to train practitioners to use new interventions with fidelity, it may be necessary to first explicitly differentiate between previous and new instructional practices.

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Read the William T. Grant Digest: Issue 5

The fifth issue of the William T. Grant Foundation Digest features insights from program staff and grantees on the importance of looking beneath the surface to consider the underlying factors that create and shape challenges that social scientists seek to address, whether they be related to reducing inequality in youth outcomes or improving the use […]

Foundation News & Events

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2020 William T. Grant Scholars Program. Ten early-career researchers were selected from a pool of 62 applicants after a rigorous review by our staff and Selection Committee. Program officer Fabienne Doucet said of the finalists, “this group of early-career researchers represents an exciting range of disciplinary, […]

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Vivian Tseng on “No Jargon” Podcast, Episode 197: Making Research Matter

Vivian Tseng joins the Scholars Strategy Network No Jargon podcast to talk about how research has traditionally been used to shape education policy in the U.S. and how more recent approaches may pave the way toward “making research matter.” Listen: No Jargon, Episode 197: Making Research Matter

2020 Application Guidelines for Research Grants programs on Reducing Inequality and Improving the Use of Research Evidence are now available

Featured Work

New research has the potential not only to shape the school finance debate in years ahead, but improve policies and ultimately reduce inequalities in student opportunities and outcomes.

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