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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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Research-Practice Partnerships

Many research-practice partnerships begin when two initially unaffiliated partner organizations decide to pursue collaborative work. Having formed a partnership between our respective offices within a federal agency, our experience is a bit different.

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Foundation News & Events

Three research grantees and four William T. Grant Scholars have been awarded grants to support their development as mentors to junior researchers of color. The awardees will mentor promising doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows in enhancing their methodological skills, publication records, and career networks. The mentoring grants program is designed to help Scholars and research […]

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Foundation News & Events

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

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Applying for Grants

The Foundation is interested in funding studies that examine social movements as a strategy to target macro-structural inequalities that affect youth outcomes. Such studies might focus on youth-led movements or on adult-led movements that affect youth, but the central focus should examine the conditions or mechanisms through which movements can reduce inequality in youth outcomes.

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Featured Work

In this chapter from What Works Now: Evidence-informed Policy and Practice, Vivian Tseng and Cynthia Coburn delineate the evolution of evidence use in the United States, specifically the ways that research evidence has been used in public education. From the narrow focus of the What Works agenda to the emergence of more holistic conceptions of […]

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Insight & Analysis

I share my reflections on the past decade of work in this area, as well as my current thinking, with the hope that we, along with fellow travelers on a similar journey, can find ways to forge a more productive path forward together. In the meantime, I welcome your feedback to improve our thinking and work, and I look forward to continuing to share what we are learning across sectors and countries.

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Featured Work

In June 2019, Michigan’s Attorney General dismissed all criminal cases connected to the Flint water crisis. This crisis, which hit the headline news in early 2016, exposed as many as 8,000 children under age six to extreme lead levels in drinking water. Many Americans were left wondering: What effect would this have on the community, […]

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“Seeing the light of evidence in dark times”

There are signs that data, evidence, and rigorous evaluation persist even in these dark times for science and public policy in the United States. What will it take to keep the light of evidence burning and ensure that the best science informs important decisions of our time? Adam Gamoran shares some ideas in this week’s […]

Applying for Grants

In this webinar, held in August 2019, grants coordinator Sharon Brewster provides an overview of the Youth Service Capacity-Building Grants program, details eligibility and selection criteria, and answers participant questions.

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Featured Grantee

For over three decades, research has shown that young people transitioning to adulthood from foster care in the United States have fared very poorly compared to their peers who have not been in care. This is the case across measures of well-being including educational attainment, employment and earnings, material hardship, and criminal justice system involvement. […]

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Applying for Grants

The bottom line: universities can incentivize faculty to become engaged in responding to real-world problems and having a social impact. Join us in figuring out how to make this happen.

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