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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
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
Tseng, Vivian – William T. Grant Foundation, 2017
Many of the researchers in research-practice partnerships (RPPs) are drawn to them because of frustrations that their work--while esteemed by academic colleagues--too infrequently influences education policies or practices. Many district partners in RPPs also have backgrounds as researchers, and they too want to see research address stubborn…
Descriptors: Research and Development, Theory Practice Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Research Utilization
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