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Research, Policy, and Practice: The Role of Research-Practice Partnerships in Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

December 5, 2013

@AYPF_Tweets


Today’s Agenda: Research-Practice Partnerships in Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

Dr. Cynthia Coburn, Northwestern University

Dr. Amy Gerstein, Stanford University, Executive Director of the John W. Gardner Center

Dr. Phil Bell, University of Washington, Director of the UW Institute for Science and Math Education


Research practice partnerships leveraging research for educational improvement

Research-Practice Research-Practice Partnerships in Promoting Evidence-Based DecisionsPartnerships:Leveraging Research for Educational Improvement

Cynthia E. Coburn, Northwestern University


Acknowledgments
Acknowledgments Research-Practice Partnerships in Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

  • William Penuel, University of Colorado, Boulder

  • Kimberly Geil, Independent Researcher


Why don t educational leaders use research
Why Don’t Educational Leaders Use Research? Research-Practice Partnerships in Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

  • Not focused on pressing concerns

  • Not credible

  • Not timely or useful

  • Lack of capacity


Research practice partnerships
Research-Practice Partnerships Research-Practice Partnerships in Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

Long-term collaborations between practitioners and researchers that are organized to investigate problems of practice and solutions for improving system outcomes


Research practice partnerships what do advocates say
Research-Practice Partnerships: What do Advocates say? Research-Practice Partnerships in Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

  • Increase relevance

  • Increase credibility

  • Increase usability

  • Brings greater expertise to district decision making

  • Increase organizational capacity to use research


White paper
White Paper Research-Practice Partnerships in Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

  • Commissioned by William T. Grant Foundation

  • Reviewed research related to research-practice partnerships

  • Interviewed key leaders across the country

  • Conducted case studies on select partnerships


Core features
Core Features Research-Practice Partnerships in Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

  • Focus research on problems of practice

  • Long-term

  • Mutualistic

  • Produce original analyses

  • Carefully structured and organized


Typology of research practice partnerships
Typology of Research-practice Partnerships Research-Practice Partnerships in Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

  • Research Alliances

  • Design Research Partnerships

  • Network Improvement Communities


Research alliances
Research Alliances Research-Practice Partnerships in Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

  • Place-based

  • Primary goal is to inform local policy and practice

  • Perform research on key policy issues

  • Develop and maintain data archives

  • Distinct roles for researchers and practitioners; collaboration at beginning and end of process


Exemplars
EXemplars Research-Practice Partnerships in Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

  • John Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities

  • Consortium for Chicago School Research

  • Research Alliance for New York City Schools


Design research partnerships
Design Research PARTNERSHIPS Research-Practice Partnerships in Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

  • Place-based

  • Co-design and test strategies for improving teaching and learning locally that also yield general knowledge about teaching and learning

  • Researchers and practitioners engage in collaboration at every stage of the process


Exemplars1
EXEMPLARS Research-Practice Partnerships in Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

  • University af Washington and Bellevue Public Schools

  • MIST, a partnership of Vanderbilt University with Fort Worth Independent School District and Jefferson County Public Schools

  • Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP)


Network improvement communities
Network Improvement Communities Research-Practice Partnerships in Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

  • Constituted as networks

  • Use form of research called “improvement science”

  • Focuses on small tests of change and rapid cycles of research and development

  • Roles of researchers and district staff can become blurred

  • Goal is to build capacity, “improve improvement”


Exemplars2
Exemplars Research-Practice Partnerships in Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

  • Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

    • BTEN project on teacher effectiveness and retention

    • Statway and Quantway, networks for community colleges addressing developmental mathematics


Challenges
Challenges Research-Practice Partnerships in Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

  • Researchers and practitioners occupy different cultural worlds


Challenges1
Challenges Research-Practice Partnerships in Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

  • Researchers and practitioners occupy different cultural worlds

  • Maintaining mutualism


Challenges2
Challenges Research-Practice Partnerships in Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

  • Researchers and practitioners occupy different cultural worlds

  • Maintaining mutualism

  • High turnover in district leadership


Challenges3
Challenges Research-Practice Partnerships in Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

  • Researchers and practitioners occupy different cultural worlds

  • Maintaining mutualism

  • High turnover in district leadership

  • Funding, especially for infrastructure


Implications for policy makers
Implications for policy makers Research-Practice Partnerships in Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

  • Provide funding for partnership infrastructure


Implications for policy makers1
Implications for policy makers Research-Practice Partnerships in Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

  • Provide funding for partnership infrastructure

  • Consider co-funding researchers and practitioners


Implications for policy makers2
Implications for policy makers Research-Practice Partnerships in Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

  • Provide funding for partnership infrastructure

  • Consider co-funding researchers and practitioners

  • Invest in capacity building


Implications for policy makers3
Implications for policy makers Research-Practice Partnerships in Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

  • Provide funding for partnership infrastructure

  • Consider co-funding researchers and practitioners

  • Invest in capacity building

  • Develop infrastructure for spread and scale beyond local districts


Copy of white paper
Copy of White paper Research-Practice Partnerships in Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

  • http://www.wtgrantfoundation.org/publications_and_reports/browse_reports/research-practice-partnerships-a-strategy-for-leveraging-research-for-educational-improvement-in-school-districts

  • Or email: [email protected]


Amy gerstein phd executive director john w gardner center stanford university

Research, Policy and Practice: The Role of Intermediaries in Promoting Evidence-Based DecisionsAmerican Youth Policy Forum WebinarDecember 5, 2013

Amy Gerstein, PhD

Executive Director

John W. Gardner Center

Stanford University


About the Gardner Center Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

The Gardner Center partners with communities to develop leadership, conduct community-driven research, and effect positive change in the lives of youth

RESEARCH

CHANGE

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

CAPACITY

BUILDING


The Youth Sector Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

SUMMER PROGRAMS

AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS

HEALTH SERVICES

YOUTH

FAMILIES

SCHOOLS

RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS

SOCIAL SERVICES

NEIGHBORHOODS


Deep Partnership is Essential Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

  • Deep partnerships underlie a robust youth sector approach to community youth development

  • Partnerships build trust

  • This is hard work; it takes TIME


Principles and Considerations Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

  • Engage stakeholders at every step of the process

  • Communicate a commitment to using data for action

  • Consider tensions or conflicting purposes

  • Cultivate shared responsibility and discourse

  • Ensure sufficient capacity – human and technology


Redwood City 2020 Partnership Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

GOAL

Support youth and families and strengthen community

KEY PLAYERS

8 public and nonprofit organizations in Redwood City

OUR ROLE

Since 2000, we have provided capacity building, research, and community engagement across all initiatives


YESS Partnership Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

GOAL

Improve supports and opportunities for youth in East Palo Alto

KEY PLAYERS

33 youth serving organizations convened by One East Palo Alto

OUR ROLE

Serve as data partner

Advise on the steering and youth development committees


Educational Outcomes for Court Dependent Youth Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

GOAL

Improve the educational success of court-dependent youth collectively served by partner organizations

KEY PLAYERS

Child Welfare Services, foster youth service providers,

four school districts

OUR ROLE

Link dependency records to educational data to examine the relationship between dependency and school outcomes


Bridge to Success Partnership Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

GOAL

Double the number of underrepresented students with a workplace applicable postsecondary credential by 2020

KEY PLAYERS

Mayor’s Office brought together SFUSD, CCSF, DCYF, the Gardner Center, and others

OUR ROLE

Support the initiative via data analysis using the YDA


Contributions to the Youth Sector & Research Community Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions

  • Supports efforts to improve youth service & outcomes

  • Advances inter-agency collaboration

  • Increases coherence of policy and practice

  • Shifts how rigorous research is conceived and conducted



Question and answer
Question and Answer Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions


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