Assessing Research-Practice Partnerships: Five Dimensions of Effectiveness

While research-practice partnerships have emerged as a promising means of creating and applying relevant research evidence in settings where young people grow and learn, we’ve lacked definition in terms of what constitutes an effective partnership and how RPPs, funders, and other stakeholders might gauge and demonstrate such effectiveness.

Offering a clear picture of the common goals that cut across diverse types of partnerships, Assessing Research-Practice Partnerships: Five Dimensions of Effectiveness outlines the elements that members of existing RPPs have reported are essential to their work. Written by Erin C. Henrick, Paul Cobb, William R. Penuel, Kara Jackson, and Tiffany Clark, this new paper outlines a number of indicators for each dimension of effectiveness, and presents, for the first time, a unified framework for assessing partnerships, as well as guidance on using and customizing the tool.

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