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I have spent my career working with the researcher and practitioner (and policymaker) communities. The frustration expressed by each of these communities about the other is palpable. Practitioners complain that researchers are unrealistic in their expectations of what it takes to run a program and unable to provide research that fits within their real-world constraints. […]
The Institutional Challenge Grant encourages research institutions to build sustained 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 build the capacity of researchers to produce relevant work and the capacity of agency and nonprofit partners to use research. Equally […]
These scholars are a force for understanding young people, their development, and how programs and policies can reduce inequality in their lives
Recent years have witnessed important new works questioning the role of philanthropy in education research and education reform. Sparked by Rick Hess and colleagues in With the Best of Intentions (2005) and The New Education Philanthropy (2015), provocative new books such as Sarah Reckhow’s Follow the Money (2012), Megan Tompkins-Stange’s Policy Patrons (2016), and Michael […]
Community-based mixed-methods research can be especially valuable in identifying and understanding strategies to reduce inequality in youth outcomes.
When knowledge developers are better attuned to the needs of practice and policy, the use of research evidence may thrive, and our efforts as researchers can be more valuable to those who work every day improve youth outcomes
Senior Vice Presiden of Program Vivian will work closely with the President and Board to shape the Foundation’s strategic directions. She will also build relationships and partnerships with policymakers, funders, and intermediaries to advance the use of research evidence to improve the lives of children and youth. “Vivian’s contributions to the Foundation have been invaluable, […]
We’re pleased to announce that Rosanna Aybar has been selected as our new Vice President, Finance and Administration, succeeding Deborah McGinn, who is retiring. Ms. Aybar will oversee the external managers of the Foundation’s endowment. She will also have responsibility for the Foundation’s budget, accounting, audit, human resources, and information technology systems, as well as […]
Institutional change is an ambitious goal, but we believe this is what is needed to build sustained partnerships that produce and use relevant research in impactful ways.
This two-part special issue focuses on strategies to improve the use of research in child welfare.
The William T. Grant Foundation Announces 11 New Scholars Finalists
Studying Ways to Improve the Use of Research Evidence: Presenting a Strong Rationale in Your Application
In this post, we share some observations about the work that has been proposed thus far, as well as tips for potential applicants as they prepare their letters of inquiry.
At the William T. Grant Foundation, we have made it a priority to support research on reducing inequality among young people in the United States. A key area for progress is in the policies, programs and practices to reduce unequal opportunities and outcomes for English learners (ELs).
In this video, Senior Program Officer Kim Dumont outlines the three lines of inquiry the Foundation has prioritized, as well as what our program staff and reviewers look for in letters of inquiry and full proposals in our improving the use of research evidence focus area.