Two New Capacity-Building Grants will Support Grantees and Strengthen Connections Between Research, Policy, and Practice

The Foundation occasionally supplements its support for empirical research with targeted capacity-building grants. Two new awards will support a convening of grantees in our focus area on reducing inequality and continue our support of the The National Network of Education Research–Practice Partnerships.

Reducing Inequality 2019 Grantee Meeting & Support
Hillary Oravec, Youth Collaboratory

This grant will support the third annual convening of grantees in the Foundation’s focus area on reducing inequality, which was launched in February 2014.The reducing inequality convening will cultivate a learning community designed to support the capacity of grantees to conduct their research, expand their networks across disciplines and fields, and increase the reach of their work to reduce inequality in youth outcomes. It will bring together grantees, relevant policy actors, and external speakers. The convening will extend and deepen conversations around focal themes that have been identified by grantees, Board members, and senior program staff, including: 1) making the shift from understanding inequality to reducing inequality; 2) reducing inequality at the macrosocial level while pursuing research at the microsocial level; 3) working across systems to reduce inequality; 4) testing and improving responses to inequality; 5) exploring the value of mixed-methods research in the context of intervention studies; and 6) furthering the Foundation’s efforts to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of grantees studying efforts to reduce inequality. About 90 participants are expected to attend the convening. Hillary Oravec and her team will plan for and administer the convening.

National Network of Education Research–Practice Partnerships
Ruth López Turley and Paula Arce-Trigatti, William Marsh Rice University

This award will continue the Foundation’s support for the National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships. The National Network of Education Research–Practice Partnerships (NNERPP) is a formal network of existing and emerging research–practice partnerships (RPPs) in education whose mission is to develop, support, and connect education RPPs to improve connections between research, policy, and practice. Its four objectives are to develop and share best practices for partnerships, facilitate cross-partnership collaborations, synthesize RPP research findings and produce new knowledge, and advance policies and system reforms. Since its inception in 2016, NNERPP has hosted annual convenings and monthly webinars for its members and developed an extensive set of resources to advance these objectives. Over the next three years, NNERPP will expand the network’s activities and resources. They will create subnetwork learning communities to support collective problem-solving and research across partnerships working on the same issues across the country. Other projects will bolster resources for RPPs through the creation of a quarterly magazine and of a repository of partnership research. Additional activities will build the capacity of this burgeoning field by providing support to early-stage RPPs and individual professional development to improve partnership work. Lastly, NNERPP will develop, test, and support the use of measures of RPP effectiveness.