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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
Ming, Norma – William T. Grant Foundation, 2023
Analyzing education through the lens of implementation science illustrates its potential for addressing fundamental challenges in education (Century & Cassata, 2016). Learning emerges from rapidly-changing experiences and high-intensity social interactions, which requires instruction to continually adapt. These adaptations vary in content and…
Descriptors: Evidence, Evidence Based Practice, Educational Research, Theory Practice Relationship
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
Farrell, Caitlin C.; Penuel, William R.; Coburn, Cynthia E.; Daniel, Julia; Steup, Louisa – William T. Grant Foundation, 2021
Change is elemental to research-practice partnerships (RPPs). Designed to diverge from traditional approaches to research by shifting power relations and engaging perspectives from outside the academy, it is no surprise that RPPs continue to pursue new avenues for producing knowledge and improving systems. But in a field that embraces both…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Partnerships in Education, Definitions, Equal Education
Murnane, Richard J. – William T. Grant Foundation, 2021
Among the many troubling legacies of centuries of slavery and discrimination in the United States are extraordinary race-based inequalities in life chances. Black children grow up in families with much lower income and wealth, on average, than White children. They are more likely than White children to live in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Intervention, Racial Differences, African American Students
Neier, Lenore – William T. Grant Foundation, 2021
Last year, the William T. Grant Foundation took stock of its initiative to support research on reducing inequality in youth outcomes. The aim was to understand, in part, the pathways through which grantees' research findings may be reaching audiences including researchers, journalists, policymakers, and practitioners. Five years into the reducing…
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Outreach Programs, Research and Development, Theory Practice Relationship
Richburg-Hayes, Lashawn – William T. Grant Foundation, 2021
In the quest to address income inequality and intergenerational poverty, it is critical to seek answers to the questions "What works?" and "For whom?" Education is a prime area in which to seek solutions, as one's level of education completed is positively correlated with income later in life. This connection contributes to a…
Descriptors: Tests, Scores, Poverty, Socioeconomic Influences
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
Doucet, Fabienne – William T. Grant Foundation, 2019
The William T. Grant Foundation has sought to support new research on ways to promote the use and usefulness of research evidence to improve youth outcomes for over a decade. They have funded numerous studies aimed at identifying and testing strategies to improve the use of research evidence (URE) in policy and practice decisions that affect young…
Descriptors: Evidence, Research and Development, Theory Practice Relationship, Research Utilization
Smeeding, Timothy – William T. Grant Foundation, 2019
This essay is meant to inspire thinking about how the reader might aim research toward finding policy solutions that disrupt the larger foundations of inequality in the United States to improve youth outcomes (in terms of upward mobility and the factors which promote it), as well as to find policies to promote the attributes that accompany a…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Equal Education, Outcomes of Education, Income
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
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