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Supplee, Lauren; Boaz, Annette; Metz, Allison – William T. Grant Foundation, 2023
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 improving societal outcomes through the application of research. Both fields also attract interdisciplinary teams and create strikingly similar knowledge across contexts. However,…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Interdisciplinary Approach, Research Utilization, Evidence
Gamoran, Adam; Murnane, Richard – William T. Grant Foundation, 2023
Educational inequality is a long-standing and persistent challenge. Never has this inequality been more evident than during the COVID-19 era. The pandemic put existing divisions into sharp relief, and made them worse. Recent evidence tells a terrible story of the consequences of the pandemic--and the response of the education system to the…
Descriptors: Equal Education, COVID-19, Pandemics, Educational Research
Kamenetz, Anya – William T. Grant Foundation, 2023
History suggested that COVID's impacts would be severe, wide-ranging, long-lasting, and above all, deeply unequal. As the effects of COVID linger on, researchers have a crucial role to play in cataloging them. Even more important, by developing knowledge about exactly who is affected and how, researchers can provide evidence that points the way…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Educational Research, Evidence
Alegría, Margarita; O'Malley, Isabel Shaheen – William T. Grant Foundation, 2022
Identifying causal mechanisms is an essential aspect of disparities research. Rigorous investigations of mechanisms can open the black box and clarify linkages in the causal chain, indicating how effects occur. Studies of mechanisms can also illuminate novel ways to reduce inequality when intervention at the root cause of unequal outcomes is not…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Causal Models, Equal Education, Financial Support
Tseng, Vivian – William T. Grant Foundation, 2022
The puzzle of how to connect research with policy and practice is a vital area for scientific inquiry. The William T. Grant Foundation believes that attempts to improve the use of research evidence in policy and practice should be subject to rigorous theory building and empirical analysis. The stakes are high for the research community: If we do…
Descriptors: Research Utilization, Educational Research, Evidence, Educational Policy
Booker, Laura; Conaway, Carrie; Schwartz, Nate – William T. Grant Foundation, 2019
When well executed, research-practice partnerships (RPPs) can be powerful mechanisms for producing relevant and useful knowledge and facilitating its integration into policy and practice to improve youth outcomes. But without taking intentional steps to avoid common hurdles, it's likely that many partnerships will fail to fulfill this potential.…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Partnerships in Education, Failure, Barriers
Dumont, Kimberly – William T. Grant Foundation, 2019
Every year the federal government spends more than $600 billion on grants to fund programs and services in education, social sectors, and health. When deliberating such commitments, policymakers weigh evidence from research, practice, and their own experience while also navigating political pressure, the demands of their constituents, and…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Educational Policy, Alignment (Education), Theory Practice Relationship
Irons, Jenny – William T. Grant Foundation, 2019
Social science can be instrumental in illuminating responses to persistent social problems like racial or economic inequality. And a powerful starting point for studies that pursue this goal is a nuanced understanding of the problem at hand. That is, with a well-developed conceptualization of the contours, causes, and consequences of a given…
Descriptors: Social Problems, Equal Education, Financial Support, Racial Differences
Henrick, Erin C.; Cobb, Paul; Penuel, William R.; Jackson, Kara; Clark, Tiffany – William T. Grant Foundation, 2017
Research-Practice Partnerships (RPPs) have emerged as a promising strategy for bridging the current gulf between research and practice by bringing together experts from both fields to address problems facing K-12 U.S. education. Education RPPs provide the organizational structure to facilitate sustained collaboration between researchers and…
Descriptors: Theory Practice Relationship, Kindergarten, Elementary Secondary Education, Partnerships in Education
William T. Grant Foundation, 2015
What will it take to improve the quality of instruction in higher education? An important first step is the ability to measure quality. A variety of measurement systems exist, but how informative are they, and how can we bring greater coherence to instructional measurement in higher education? Recently, the William T. Grant Foundation, along with…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Quality, Measurement Techniques, Instruction
Gamoran, Adam – William T. Grant Foundation, 2013
Inequality in education and other domains of life stands in the way of economic and civic progress in the United States. It forestalls social mobility and economic productivity and impairs social cohesion. As a result, national and international leaders--from big-city mayors to Pope Francis--recognize that, as President Obama (2013) put it,…
Descriptors: Research Proposals, Research Needs, Equal Education, Social Justice
William T. Grant Foundation, 2013
The William T. Grant Foundation was founded in 1936 to support strong social science research focused on "the enrichment of life, with a primary interest in people and in their adjustment to the world in which they live." Today, its funding priorities reflect this interest in research that affects young people's lives. This Annual Report…
Descriptors: Social Science Research, Annual Reports, Grants, Fellowships