Leveraging secondary data analysis to study how to improve the use of research evidence: A special funding interest for August 2022
With the increase in a variety of secondary data sources related to the use of research evidence and the growth of new methods and measures used in research on the use of research evidence, opportunities abound for those studying URE to advance the field.
In response, for the August 2022 Officers’ research grants cycle, we are announcing a special interest in applications that use secondary data to answer new questions on how and under what conditions we can improve the use of research evidence. The next deadline for applications is August 3, 2022 at 3pm ET.
Analysis of existing data allows researchers to efficiently address high-value research questions without the cost and time of primary data collection. For this funding opportunity, secondary data may include, for example, administrative data, social media data, web metrics, or data collected in a previous study. Indeed, many current and former grantees have collected data during their grants but have been unable to fully analyze it to respond to new, emerging research questions. Now, investigators can use this data to contribute fresh insights to the URE literature. Proposed studies may aim to assess the use of research on youth outcomes, use existing methods and measures to code data in new ways, develop and apply theory, or use new methods to measure URE more efficiently. Please see the .pdf below for more detailed information on this special call for proposals.
As always, we are interested in supporting research studies that advance theory and build empirical knowledge on ways to improve the use of research evidence by policymakers, agency leaders, organizational managers, intermediaries, and other decision-makers that influence systems serving youth in ways that benefit young people ages 5-25 in the United States. We are interested in studies from a range of disciplines, fields, and methods, and we encourage investigations into various systems, including justice, housing, child welfare, mental health, and education.