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Use of Research Evidence

Working collectively requires more than just cooperation. It requires a commitment to building a shared approach to research dissemination may require infrastructure investments to formalize and resources important connection points.

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Insight & Analysis

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. […]

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Foundation News & Events

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

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Featured Grantee

Recognizing that structure and function are complementary ways of understanding brokerage will be important to facilitating the use of research evidence.

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Featured Work

This two-part special issue focuses on strategies to improve the use of research in child welfare.

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Research-Practice Partnerships

Building an RPP is hard work. They are complex organisms, with structures, processes, and roles that evolve as partnerships mature and adapt. However they form, we have observed five elements that seem to come together in successful partnerships.

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While RPPs have been defined in the literature as having five characteristics, the authors suggest that RPPS in urban school districts may benefit from a sixth feature: mechanisms for recognizing systemic racism.

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President's Comment

ESSA challenges states to take advantage of new opportunities to improve STEM participation and learning in all schools.

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President's Comment

The Commission on Evidence-based Policymaking is an opportunity that doesn’t come every year, and may not come again. Let’s make the most of it.

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Applying for Grants

Systematically considering programs, practices, and policies that may move the needle in some of these important areas is the next frontier of research if we want to address inequality for this fast growing group of students.

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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.

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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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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Michele McLaughlin, President of the Knowledge Alliance, talks about her experience interacting with decision makers in Washington, reflects on the often unseen ways that research shapes and influences ideas, and outlines implications for researchers looking to inform policy and practice.

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Featured Work

We recently observed and interviewed leaders in a major urban school district as they set out to revise their district’s school improvement policies. In pursuing their goals, the leaders we followed drew heavily from the 2010 book, Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago. Drawn from a longitudinal research study of hundreds of schools, Organizing […]

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