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New Resources for Researchers: Read the “William T. Grant Digest” Issue 1

The introductory issue of the William T. Grant Foundation Digest features essays and commentary on the value of qualitative and mixed-methods research in reducing inequality and the potential for researcher access to big data to yield useful research evidence.

Read Our 2015 Annual Report

Just released, our 2015 Annual Report highlights notable work from the past year, including profiles of exemplary grantees from each of our programs and details about our ongoing efforts to identify responses to inequality and improve the use of research evidence.

Reducing Inequality

We are collaborating with our friends at the Russell Sage Foundation to sponsor a research grants competition on educational inequality that will support a racially and ethnically diverse cadre of early-career scholars.

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Featured Grantee

It’s important to recognize that the form of research contributes to the social sense-making process, and can create a body of shared understandings based on research principles. Research designed for use, with specific guidance for practice, can embed common ideas in state school improvement delivery systems.

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Featured Work

Despite widespread efforts by intermediaries to shape education by conveying research to policymakers, a recent study finds that very few of these policymakers report using research when making decisions. As other studies have found instances where research can shape policy and practice in a variety ways, what explains this contradiction? And what does it mean for efforts to improve the use of research evidence?

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Use of Research Evidence

Whether it is instrumental or conceptual, research use needs to be measured in order to be understood. But what exactly are we measuring?

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Featured Grantee

Research works in subtle ways to influence policy decisions and practice. Bill Penuel and Anna-Ruth Allen outline three approaches that can help identify the uptake of ideas from research in practice.

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Use of Research Evidence

Understanding the role knowledge plays in decision making processes is less like hearing one instrument in an orchestral texture than understanding how fine tuning each instrument can influence the overall sound.

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Reducing Inequality

William T. Grant Foundation President Adam Gamoran spoke to the American Educational Research Association about our focus on identifying programs, policies, and practices to reduce inequality among youth in the United States.

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Featured Work

Sarah Sparks writes in EdWeek that the “new research finds an insidious cycle” and that “fifteen years of new programs, testing, standards, and accountability have not ended racial achievement gaps in the United States.”

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