Supporting Research
to Improve the Lives of Young People

The William T. Grant Foundation invests in high-quality research to ensure that young people from diverse backgrounds reach their fullest potential.

Future of Educational Inequality

The Future of Educational Inequality: What Went Wrong and How Can We Fix It?

Recent trends indicate that black-white gaps in high school completion and enrollment have narrowed, but the gap in college completion has grown. Socioeconomic gaps have been steady in some areas, but have gotten worse in others. What lies behind these trends, and what can we do about it? Adam Gamoran takes on these questions and more in a new essay.

Distinguished Fellowship: Using Research Evidence

Improving Access to Research Evidence: Reflections on a Distinguished Fellowship

Pediatrician and child health researcher Megan Bair-Merritt shares insights from her Distinguished Fellowship and discusses the potential of research evidence for programs serving children exposed to violence.


New Grantees to Focus on Reducing Inequality and Understanding the Use of Research Evidence

Our new cycle of grants includes the first research projects funded under focus on programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality for young people in the U.S. Two researchers will also examine the use of research evidence in policy and practice. And two researchers awarded with Distinguished Fellowships will work in policy and practice settings to build understanding of ways that research can be more relevant to decision makers.


Research Evidence in Social Services

What Are We Learning About the Use of Research Evidence?

Former William T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellow Susan Maciolek outlines the opportunities and challenges that policymakers and practitioners face in integrating research evidence into their work. Synthesizing findings from Foundation-supported studies on the use of research evidence, Maciolek provides insights that may enable researchers to contribute to a knowledge base that is more relevant and, ultimately, more useful in the realm of social services.