In addition to awarding research, career-development, and mentoring grants in our two primary focus areas, we seek to strengthen mentoring for early-career researchers of color, improve the production of methods and measures in the field, and forge connections between research, policy, and practice through limited communications and capacity-building activities.

Special Topics

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We seek to strengthen connections between research, policy, and practice through limited communications and capacity-building activities, and through the Institutional Challenge Grant program.
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As New York City-based organization, the Foundation focuses a part of our grantmaking on supporting nonprofits that provide services to young people ages 5-25 in the five boroughs of New York City. These awards are designed to improve the quality of direct services and build the capacity of youth-serving organizations.
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We are interested in strengthening the mentoring received by junior researchers of color and to position them for professional success. We also want to support our grantees in developing a stronger understanding of the career development issues facing their junior colleagues of color and to strengthen their mentoring relationships with them. Toward these ends, the Foundation provides a limited number of current grantees with grant support, advice, consultation, and a community focused on mentoring and career development.
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A key approach in our efforts to support impactful research is to invest in the development of tools that enhance the work of many researchers engaged in a common enterprise.

Recently Awarded Grants

How does engagement in a research-practice partnership improve the use of research by state education agency staff? Does participation in the partnership support state education leaders to shift policy development from a focus on compliance to a focus on social …
Does a light-touch intervention to connect county legislators with research and researchers improve their use of research evidence?
Can training and coaching contribute to the development of trusting relationships between agency leadership and staff and their community partners? And to what extent do those relationships improve the use of evidence in decision-making and implementation of evidence-informed initiatives in …
How can research-practice partnerships use research in ways that forward anti-racism understanding and action within K-12 schools?
Can the Research-to-Policy Collaboration model be improved to reduce inequities for scholars of color in accessing policymakers, improve the timeliness of research to policymakers, and improve cost-effectiveness?
Will training in the use of research evidence enable mid-level leaders in education and mental health systems to sustain evidence-based interventions for children with autism?
Can a research communication intervention increase policymakers’ use of research evidence to improve the lives of youth and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
How can we assess whether research has influenced the thinking and decision making orientations of policymakers and practitioners?
Can the Coordinated Knowledge System for improving the use of research evidence in mental health be made less intensive yet still impactful?
Strong measures are needed to assess when and how research-practice partnerships are effective and can improve the use of research evidence in policy and practice.
What insights can Kansas offer about using research evidence to inform school finance reform?

From the Digest

The fields of implementation science and the study of research use in policy and practice travel on many of the same roads and share similar goals, chief among which is …
Learning Across Contexts: Bringing Together Research on Research Use and Implementation Science
Whether framed as a problem of practice or research use, understanding implementation is critical for identifying and redressing the inequitable distribution of resources, facilitators, and barriers in our systems, which give rise to disparities in student outcomes.
Building Evidence Systems to Integrate Implementation Research and Practice in Education
Research can play a vital role in pointing policymakers, civil society, and communities toward a stronger, more sustainable, and just world. But getting there means building on what we know about what it takes for research to be useful, used, …
Research on Research Use: Building Theory, Empirical Evidence, and a Global Field
Introducing an open, centralized resource to help strengthen methods and enable greater collaboration among researchers studying the use of research evidence in policy and practice.
Strengthening Methods and Improving Collaboration: The Use of Research Evidence Methods Repository
Encouraging the use of evidence from antiracist research requires thinking differently about what is relevant, how antiracist perspectives are built into routines for using research, and what it means to …
Identifying and Testing Strategies to Improve the Use of Antiracist Research Evidence through Critical Race Lenses
We can no more afford methodologically rich research studies that lack racial consciousness than we can afford racially conscious studies that lack methodological rigor.
No Small Matters: Reimagining the Use of Research Evidence From A Racial Justice Perspective