How Research-Practice Partnerships has Helped Shaped Programs

How Research-Practice Partnerships has Helped Shaped Programs

July 5, 2017

The University of Colorado’s Bill Penuel and Caitlin C. Farrell note that many parts of the Every Student Succeeds Act “call on schools, districts, and states to select ‘evidence-based programs,’” and that “many state plans now being developed include strategies for meeting these provisions of the law.” The authors examined “a number of scenarios where long-term research-practice partnerships (RPPs) have helped districts select, adapt, and design evidence-based programs,” which are “long-term, mutually beneficial relationships between practitioners and researchers around problems of practice.” Penuel and Farrell believe this is a promising strategy that “has been growing in popularity in recent years, and there is now even a network of RPPs to support exchange among them.”