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New Report: Insights on the Funding Landscape for Research on Inequality Among Young People in the United States

A new report from Sarah Bruch of the University of Iowa finds that, despite increased attention to the topic of inequality, the funding landscape for research on youth inequality in the U.S. is still relatively small.

Evidence at the Crossroads

By adopting and adapting the Oakland Athletics’ pioneering approach in baseball of making decisions informed by data—rather than hunches, biases, and “the way we’ve always done things”—we can get better returns on our federal education investments and better outcomes for students.

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Evidence at the Crossroads

We are at a crossroads in evidence-based policy. Federal evidence initiatives can be strengthened, but doing so requires the will and the patience to learn from the work thus far. Otherwise, evidence-based policy will likely recede into the background as yet another policy fad that came and went. To move forward, let’s take a good hard look at the current evidence initiatives and identify what can be learned from them.

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Grant Announcements

Grantees include both established and early-career researchers, and the research teams include scholars from a variety of disciplines, including human development, social service administration, sociology, psychology, communication arts, and economics.

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Grant Announcements

Two new grants have been awarded for projects that are connecting researchers, practitioners, and policymakers.

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Scholars Program

Two William T. Grant Scholars have been awarded grants to support their development as mentors to junior colleagues. The Scholars will mentor two promising post-doctoral fellows in enhancing their methodological skills, publication records, and career networks. The Scholars mentoring grant is designed to help Scholars hone their skills and abilities as mentors and help researchers […]

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Justice System

With recent advances in neurobiology and developmental psychology, the changing nature of modern adolescence, and increasingly punitive criminal court sanctions, we believe that the adult criminal justice system should look to the family court model for responses to crime by young people ages 18 to 24.

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Insight & Analysis

Intermediaries can’t solve all the problems related to the use of research evidence by policymakers and practitioners, but they can serve as effective bridges between the producers and users. Understanding the conditions that enable intermediaries to be effective is key to sustaining these important connections.

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Featured Grantee

Research is sometimes a messy process, full of trial and error, vision and revision. Recent scholarship has indicated that the use of research evidence can be messy, too. In Democracy, Deliberation, and Education, I venture into the messy setting of research use to better understand how school board members, as local educational policymakers, encounter various […]

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Featured Grantee

Guanglei Hong is using advanced statistics to understand the nature of educational settings and the ways that public policies and teachers’ practices affect the academic growth of immigrant-origin students whose first language is not English. As a native Mandarin speaker, Hong continued to work on her English language skills throughout her graduate studies in the […]

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