What Works for Title I Schools: Understanding the Contributors and Barriers to School Improvement

Project: Research project

Description

The Institute has established the Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research (Research Partnership) grant program (CFDA 84.305H) with the intention of funding partnerships composed of research institutions and State or local education agencies. These partnerships are to identify an education issue with important implications for improving student achievement that is of high priority for the education agency, carry out initial data analyses regarding the education issue, and develop a plan for further research on the issue culminating in an application to one of the Institutes research grant programs. The ultimate goal of the partnerships is to conduct research that that has direct implications for improving programs, processes, practices or policies that will result in improved student outcomes. To ensure a full partnership, each organization involved in the partnership will provide at least one Principal Investigator (or Co-Principal Investigator) to the partnership and the Principal or Co-Principal Investigator from the education agency is to have decision-making authority regarding the issue to be examined. As one of its priorities, the Institute seeks to encourage education researchers to develop partnerships with stakeholder groups to advance the relevance of education research and the usability of its findings for the day-to-day work of education practitioners and policymakers (see http://ies.ed.gov/director/board/priorities.asp). The Institute is also interested in the development of such partnerships in order to build research capacity in practitioner settings and support the use of rigorous research-based evidence in decision-making. The establishment of such partnerships between researchers and State and local education agencies (as well as school leadership and staff) has traditionally been encouraged under the Institutes Education Research Grants program (CFDA 84.305A) and Special Education Research Grants program (CFDA 84.324A), required under the Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies program (CFDA 84.305E), and, more recently, encouraged under the Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences (CFDA 84.305B) through the addition of a new topic on Researcher and Policymaker Training and under the Statewide Longitudinal Data System Program (CFDA 84.372) through the new Data Use Requirement.1 The Research Partnership program differs from the Institutes other research grant programs in that it provides support for a partnerships development of a research plan. The Institutes other research grant programs support similar partnerships but only after they have developed a research plan.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date7/1/136/30/15

Funding

  • US Department of Education (DOEd): $385,739.00

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