RESEARCH-PRACTICE PARTNERSHIPS: EFFECTIVENESS

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Below you’ll find answers and resources to the following questions:

HOW CAN WE MEASURE RPP EFFECTIVENESS?

As research-practice partnerships grow in number and reputation, the issue of measuring their actual effectiveness becomes increasingly important. However, with the many arrangements RPPs can take and the various specific outcomes different partnerships identify for themselves, it is not easy to arrive at a common way of assessing effectiveness or even a shared definition of what constitutes effectiveness. Additionally, the evaluation of RPPs is complicated by their systems structure, RPPs being partnerships between two or more (sometimes many more!) different organizations. Arguably, the unifying purpose of all RPPs is to increase the use of research evidence in practice. As such, assessing the impact current RPPs have on local decision making may be a starting point for measuring RPP effectiveness, though this brings up new questions about how to precisely define and measure “impact” or “use of research.”

Accordingly, the literature on assessing RPP effectiveness remains scarce. Yet, some thinking around these ideas has been developed recently, and a unified framework for measuring effectiveness been proposed. These new ideas on effectiveness include partnering aspects such as relationship building and mutual support in addition to increased research use. Explore the resources below to learn about current thinking on the concept of RPP effectiveness.

RESOURCES | How can we measure RPP effectiveness?

MEASURING THE VALUE OF A RESEARCH-PRACTICE PARTNERSHIP

Faith Connolly | 2019

Article published in NNERPP’s quarterly magazine NNERPP | Extra  

MEASURING THE IMPACT OF RESEARCH-PRACTICE PARTNERSHIPS IN EDUCATION

Paula Arce-Trigatti and Caitlin Farrell | 2018

Post featured in NNERPP’s EdWeek blog, “Urban Education Reform: Bridging Research and Practice

RRP EFFECTIVENESS: WHICH STRATEGIES MATTER FOR IMPACT?

Laura Wentworth and Michelle Nayfack | 2018

Post featured in NNERPP’s EdWeek blog, “Urban Education Reform: Bridging Research and Practice

A DESCRIPTIVE STUDY OF THE IES RPP IN EDUCATION RESEARCH PROGRAM

Caitlin Farrell, Kristen Davidson, Melia Repko-Erin, William Penuel, et al. | 2018

NCRPP Technical Report No. 3

ASSESSING RESEARCH-PRACTICE PARTNERSHIPS: 5 DIMENSIONS OF EFFECTIVENESS

Erin Henrick, Paul Cobb, William Penuel, Kara Jackson, and Tiffany Clark | 2017

William T. Grant Foundation white paper

TIPS FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT LEADERS WORKING IN RESEARCH-PRACTICE PARTNERSHIPS

Erin Henrick and Michael Sorum| 2017

Post featured in NNERPP’s EdWeek blog, “Urban Education Reform: Bridging Research and Practice

RESEARCH-PRACTICE PARTNERSHIPS: A STRATEGY FOR PROMOTING EVIDENCE-BASED DECISION-MAKING IN EDUCATION

Laura Wentworth, Chris Mazzeo, and Faith Connolly | 2017

Educational Research article

THE PARTNERSHIP PACT: FULFILLING SCHOOL DISTRICTS' RESEARCH NEEDS WITH UNIV-DIST PARTNERSHIPS

Nicole Ralston, Bruce Weitzel, Jacqueline Waggoner, Zulema Naegele, and Rebecca Smith | 2016

AILACTE Journal article

WHAT ARE SOME LESSONS LEARNED ON DOING THIS WORK WELL?

We continue to work on furthering our knowledge on how to measure the effectiveness of research-practice partnerships. In the meantime, below we share anecdotes, case studies, and short narratives from partnerships highlighting some important lessons learned.

RESOURCES | What are some lessons learned on doing this work well?

FIVE WAYS RPPS CAN FAIL AND HOW TO AVOID THEM: APPLYING CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORKS TO IMPROVE RPPS

Laura Booker, Carrie Conaway, and Nate Schwartz | 2019

Article posted on the William T. Grant Foundation website

RPP: APPLICATION TO IMPLEMENTATION OF MULTITIERED SYSTEM OF SUPPORTS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Howard Goldstein, Meaghan McKenna, Robert M. Barker, and Tracye H. Brown | 2019

Article in Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups about an RPP implementing the 5 Dimensions of Effectiveness model 

4 KEY CHARACTERISTICS OF RESEARCH-PRACTICE PARTNERSHIP WORK

Savitha Moorthy and Eileen Gilligan | 2018

Post featured on NNERPP’s EdWeek blog, “Urban Education Reform: Bridging Research and Practice

HOW CAN RPPs SUPPORT THE USE OF RESEARCH EVIDENCE IN PRACTICE?

One of the key goals many of the research-practice partnerships in NNERPP and the field more broadly are working towards is to support the use of research evidence in practice.

Historically, the concept of “research use” has been characterized most commonly in a simple linear fashion: researchers produce research, practitioners get said research, read it, understand it, and use it to help them with their decision making. Based on our experiences, this could not be farther from reality.

Here we share resources we’ve collected that can shed more light on the complexity of research use in practice. We also recommend readers visit the William T. Grant Foundation’s website on supporting research use for a more expansive collection of resources on this topic.

RESOURCES | How can RPPs support the use of research evidence in practice?

DECOMPOSITION OF PRACTICE AS AN ACTIVITY FOR RESEARCH-PRACTICE PARTNERSHIPS

Alison Fox Resnick and Elham Kazemi | 2019

Article published in AERA Open

WHAT DOES GOOD EVIDENCE ‘USE’ LOOK LIKE?

Kathryn Oliver | 2019

Transforming Evidence blog post

BRACING FOR IMPACT

Elizabeth Farley-Ripple | 2019

6-part blog post series about research impact posted on the Center for Research Use in Education blog

THE DOS AND DON’TS OF INFLUENCING POLICY: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF ADVICE TO ACADEMICS

Kathryn Oliver and Paul Cairney | 2019

Article in Palgrave Communications

GOOD EDUCATION POLICY MAKING: DATA-INFORMED BUT VALUES-DRIVEN

Harry Brighouse, Helen F. Ladd, Susanna Loeb, and Adam Swift | 2018

Phi Delta Kappan article 

THE BEST WAY TO BUILD A CULTURE OF EVIDENCE-BASED GOVERNMENT

Andrew Feldman, Ruth Curran Neild, and David Yokum | 2018

Commentary

GETTING BEYOND 'DID IT WORK?': PROPOSING A NEW APPROACH TO INTEGRATE RESEARCH AND POLICY

Morgan Polikoff and Carrie Conaway | 2018

Short brief featured on the Brown Center Chalkboard from Brookings

WHAT RESEARCH DO EDUCATORS ACTUALLY FIND USEFUL?

Caitlin Farrell, NCRPP2018

Post featured on NNERPP’s EdWeek blog, “Urban Education Reform: Bridging Research and Practice

MOVING FROM DATA TO RESEARCH TO POLICY: WHAT DOES IT TAKE?

Kim DuMont and Timothy Smeeding | 2016

Article posted on the William T. Grant Foundation website