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Michigan State University’s Jennifer and Zachary Neal are using their recent research grant to investigate the ways that research evidence is identified, evaluated, and adopted by school district leaders. The Neals lead the Michigan School Program Information Project (MiSPI), which is focused on understanding how public school administrators find information about school programs, and how […]
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.
We are pleased to announce the 2016 class of William T. Grant Scholars. Launched in 1982, the Scholars Program supports the professional development of promising researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences who have received their degree within the past seven years. To date, the program has sponsored more than 150 talented researchers. Each […]
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 […]
This year, the American Educational Research Association (AREA) will celebrate its one-hundredth anniversary at its annual meeting in Washington, DC on April 8-12, 2016. Throughout its history, AERA has provided a forum for researchers to share substantive findings and methodological advances to further the field. In recent years, AERA has become increasingly engaged in the […]
As we approach the next generation of evidence-based policy, it’s essential that we take steps to ensure that practitioners and decision makers at the state and local level have the support they need.
2016 Application Guidelines for the William T. Grant Scholars Program Available Now
Updated for 2016, our new application guide describes the Foundation’s current research focus areas and outlines eligibility and selection criteria for the William T. Grant Scholars Program.
Cost-effectiveness comparisons can help decision makers take economic constraints into account when choosing educational reforms, ultimately improving evidence-based policy decisions and strengthening education systems.
A culture of evidence that shapes the accreditation of educator preparation programs can have an enormous influence over the education landscape. But will it work?
Five new research grants will build stronger theory and empirical evidence in our focus areas of reducing inequality and the use of research evidence.
Two new grants have been awarded to organizations working to enhance the use and usefulness of research and call attention to issues that affect young people in the United States.
Nine New York City community-based organizations have been awarded $25,000 grants to improve the quality of their youth programs.
Updated for 2016, the application guidelines for the Youth Services Improvement Grants program outlines eligibility and selection criteria, as well as detailed instructions on preparing and submitting an effective application.
Balancing impact and improvement is not a matter of doing the impossible. Rather, it is a matter of duplicating success.
Evidence doesn’t turn itself into policy, especially when it contradicts prevailing paradigms or entrenched funding streams. If we are serious about a What Works movement, we can’t allow ourselves or other decision makers to pick and choose which results we want to act upon.