Usable Knowledge is an online resource from the Harvard Graduate School of Education that aims to make education research and best practices accessible to educators, policymakers, members of the media, nonprofit leaders, entrepreneurs, and parents. Their goal is to put smart, trustworthy, and useful information directly into the hands of practitioners, who can use itContinue reading Usable Knowledge: Connecting Research to Practice
Research–practice partnerships strengthen educational systems. When researchers and district leaders develop long-term collaborations, they leverage research to address persistent problems of practice and policy. Whether you are looking to form, grow, or support a partnership between researchers and practitioners, you need to know where to start and what to expect. Find guiding tips, work samples,Continue reading Research-Practice Partnerships One-Stop-Shop | William T. Grant Foundation
Digital Promise supports the education community in using research to inform decision-making and to design high-quality learning programs and products. We empower stakeholders with research information and tools to collect and analyze data, and we commission and conduct research studies to drive change. In both our Research@Work and Marketplace projects, we partner with researchers andContinue reading Digital Promise
“As Hargreaves and Fullan (in Professional Capital, 2012) point out, leading evidence-based school practices and change is a complex process. Having a person dedicated to the curation, generation and communication of research supports everyone from the classroom to the boardroom in making better decisions. A role dedicated to raising the profile and practice of researchContinue reading The Research Lead
Last year, three education researchers from Durham University tried an interesting experiment. They carried out an intervention with several primary schools – an intervention that should have had a positive impact on their students’ learning. But the researchers weren’t interested in the outcome for the students – at least, not directly. What they were interestedContinue reading Why don’t teachers use education research in teaching?
“I recently blogged about how researchers can positively channel emotion, to do relevant research that resonates deeply with our audience and spurs them into action. Not long after I wrote the blog, a researcher contacted me to ask for help with a powerful stakeholder who was blocking her research. Her next step was to informContinue reading Six practical ways to make your research more influential
The complex, “wicked” problems that afflict contemporary societies pose a significant challenge to those making policy decisions. The work of social scientists can be crucial to understanding the human and social consequences of such decisions, yet little guidance exists to help them bring their influence to bear. Nadine Marshall and Chris Cvitanovic have compiled tenContinue reading Ten top tips for social scientists seeking to influence policy
Research-practice partnerships are a promising strategy for producing more relevant research, improving the use of research evidence in decision making, and engaging both researchers and practitioners to tackle problems of practice. Download the guide >