Research-practice partnerships (RPPs) at their very core are intentional, formalized joint efforts between agencies that primarily administer education (such as state education agencies, local education agencies, or schools) and those that primarily research education (such as public and private universities, research institutions, or community groups that conduct research) to impact decision making in education through the use of research evidence. While some research-practice collaborations may be formed around particular projects, we reserve the term “partnership” for those efforts that are ongoing and meant to be long-term. A distinguishing feature of partnership work is the purposeful integration of expertise from two often disconnected industries: practice and research in education. Some in the literature have further characterized this relationship as “mutually beneficial,” highlighting the complementary nature this type of work affords the two parties involved.

RESOURCES | Short reads

CCSR: A new model for the role of research in supporting urban school reform

Melissa Roderick, John Q. Easton, and Penny Bender Sebring | 2009

Report produced by the UChicago Consortium

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Partnerships: Shifting the dynamics between research and practice

Vivian Tseng | 2012

William T. Grant Foundation brief

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Research-Practice Partnerships: A strategy for leveraging research for educational improvement in school districts

Cynthia E. Coburn, William R. Penuel, and Kimberly E. Geil | 2013

William T. Grant Foundation white paper

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Conceptualizing research-practice partnerships as joint work at boundaries

William R. Penuel, Anna-Ruth Allen, Cynthia E. Coburn, and Caitlin Farrell | 2015

Journal of Education for Students Placed At Risk article

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A university and district partnership closes the research-to-classroom gap

Laura Wentworth, Richard Carranza, and Deborah Stipek | 2016

Phi Delta Kappan article

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A better research-practice partnership

Erin Henrick, Marco A. Muñoz, and Paul Cobb | 2016

Phi Delta Kappan article

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What is a research-practice partnership?

Paula Arce-Trigatti | 2017

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

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