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Intermediaries can’t solve all the problems related to the use of research evidence by policymakers and practitioners, but they can serve as effective bridges between the producers and users. Understanding the conditions that enable intermediaries to be effective is key to sustaining these important connections.
Instead of thinking of research and practice as a point A and point B journey, we might instead think of traveling around a neighborhood. The best neighborhoods have the infrastructure to invite purposeful collaboration and interaction while maintaining comfort and practicality. A neighborhood-like network of cooperation, rather than just a bridge from one point to another, would allow for purposeful collaboration in pursuit of positive outcomes, bringing together not only researchers and practitioners, but educators, policymakers, and consumers.
It is time for all of us to give education research the attention it deserves.
In 2011 – 2012, I studied two leading community-based programs for youth who have dropped out of high school—observing activities, interviewing staff, and tracking participants for one year. I focused on programs at the community level because, although they receive little attention, these programs are where most young adults are served.
How do local, community-based programs for dropouts work? Do they make a difference for their participants? Programs developed and managed locally serve large numbers of youth, and their innovations are often the foundation for major national initiatives, including YouthBuild, STRIVE, and others. Yet most research in this area has focused on multi-site, national initiatives. While […]
In this video, produced by the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services, Vivian Tseng challenges the traditional paradigm of moving from “research to practice.” She suggests that researchers and evaluators need to think differently about the ways that research is acquired and used, and she describes steps […]