Research-practice partnerships, long-term mutually beneficial formalized collaborations between education researchers and practitioners, 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. Although promising, research-practice partnerships are challenging to create and difficult to maintain.

NNERPP aims to develop, support, and connect partnerships in order to improve their productivity.


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Erin O’Hara and J. Edward Guthrie from the Tennessee Education Research Alliance summarize what five years of research say about school turnaround efforts in Tennessee.

Nate Schwartz, Chief Research and Strategy Officer for the Tennessee Department of Education, outlines the challenges and benefits of partnering with researchers in the state’s school turnaround efforts and discusses how research findings lead to adjustments in the state’s strategies.

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Kinder Institute for Urban Research
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