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?

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?

SURVEY ADMINISTRATION IN A REAL-WORLD CONTEXT

Katherine Hayes, Los Angeles Unified School District | 2017

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

WHAT CAN RESEARCH-PRACTICE PARTNERSHIPS LEARN FROM EACH OTHER?

Paula Arce-Trigatti and Nina Spitzley | 2017

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?

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