RESEARCH-PRACTICE PARTNERSHIPS: ENGAGEMENT

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

HOW DO WE COMMUNICATE & ENGAGE WITH MULTIPLE STAKEHOLDERS?

Not only do research-practice partnerships plan, engage in, and carry out research in ways that differ from the typical academic research process, they also approach how they write about and disseminate research differently. Again, the goal is to bridge the research-practice divide, and to reach those with the research who can actually put it into practice (as well as other audiences specific to your partnership’s mission or your particular research project). When publishing and sharing research findings, it is helpful to think “engagement” rather than “dissemination”: The goal should not be to simply put the research out there and hope people will find it; rather, the goal is to actively engage with various audiences.

Think through who you want to reach with your research and what their specific needs and preferences are. This should inform your engagement strategies and communication products.

For example, for practitioners, it may be beneficial to have executive summaries and infographics accompany a more detailed research report. This will allow time-strapped practitioners to quickly grasp the most important research findings without having to dive in lengthy reports. You might also consider hosting events for sharing research findings with practitioners and relevant community members. Videos and podcasts are other, more interactive ways to share important research, though not all research-practice partnerships may have the resources to produce these.

If you intend to reach a broader audience including readers without research training, you will want to make sure your writing is plain, concise, and easy to understand and that the way you format reports or other products supports easy, uncomplicated reading. The resources below provide guidance to help partnerships think through their communication and engagement strategies.

RESOURCES | How do we communicate & engage with multiple stakeholders?

FINDING THEIR STRIDE: KINDERGARTEN ENG. LEARNERS & TIME TO PROFICIENCY IN PHILADELPHIA

Joshua Lin and Ruth Curran Neild | 2017

Example of a research report written for multiple stakeholders, from the Philadelphia Education Research Consortium

WRITERS GUIDE AND STYLE GUIDE

REL Program | 2015

Guide prepared by the REL Program

GOING PUBLIC: WRITING ABOUT RESEARCH IN EVERYDAY LANGUAGE

Mark Dynarski and Ellen Kisker | 2014

Report prepared for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

REL GUIDE: GRAPHIC DESIGN FOR RESEARCHERS

Institute of Education Sciences | 2014

Report prepared for IES by Decision Information Resources, Inc.

THE PROBLEM WITH BRIEFS, IN BRIEF

Carrie Conaway | 2013

Article published in Education Finance and Policy

EVALUATION REPORT LAYOUT CHECKLIST

Stephanie Evergreen | 2013

Checklist for evaluation reports by Evergreen Data