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William T. Grant Foundation 2021 Annual Report

June 21, 2022

The Foundation's most recent annual report compiles lists of all new and active grants, provides an overview of the Foundation's assets and spending, and includes reflections on our work from our President and Board Chair.

Research-Practice Partnerships in Education: The State of the Field

July 19, 2021

Research-practice partnerships (RPPs) are an important part of the educational ecosystem that connects research, policy, practice, and community work in the United States. They are a prime example of how long-term collaborative approaches to research can address persistent challenges and systemic inequities in our schools and communities.Research-Practice Partnerships in Education: The State of the Field expands on the 2013 white paper Research-Practice Partnerships: A Strategy for Leveraging Research for Educational Improvement in School Districts by scanning the current landscape of partnerships, identifying points of variation, and outlining shared principles.

William T. Grant Foundation 2020 Annual Report

June 15, 2021

William T. Grant Foundation's most recent annual report compiles lists of all active grants, provides an overview of the Foundation's assets and spending, and includes letters from the President and Board Chair.

Moving it Forward: The Power of Mentoring, and How Universities Can Confront Institutional Barriers Facing Junior Researchers of Color

October 2, 2018

While there are numerous barriers to career advancement for scholars of color, the Foundation believes that many of these can be mitigated through strong mentoring relationships that address issues of difference. But the power of effective mentoring will only be realized when the institutions in which these relationships exist begin to change. The guide, which was developed in collaboration with the Forum for Youth Investment is derived from interviews with grantees and consultants who participated in the Foundation's mentoring program for junior researchers of color.

William T. Grant Foundation 2017 Annual Report

June 18, 2018

2017 Annual Report.

Pay it Forward: Guidance for Mentoring Junior Scholars - Updated Edition, September 2017

September 1, 2017

Having a good mentor early in a scholarly career can mean the difference between success and failure. It is striking that such an important activity in the training of new scholars has had few established definitions of effective practice. Many who take on the responsibility of mentoring do so without a primer, drawing on informal resources and personal mentoring experiences. We hope this resource helps change that, by addressing many of the common questions and dilemmas mentors face and identifying specific strategies and resources that can help you develop your own mentoring skills.The guide addresses four themes: 1) building and maintaining mentoring relationships, 2) mentoring across difference, 3) supporting career development, and 4) managing conflict within mentoring relationships. While the experiences and reflections of individuals connected to the William T. Grant Foundation's Scholars Program are woven throughout the guide, the strategiesand resources included here are relevant for any mentor or advisor, particularly those working in academic settings with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

William T. Grant Foundation 2015 Annual Report

June 15, 2016

In 2015, we embarked on a new direction in one of our two major focus areas, shifting our attention from understanding how and under what conditions research is used tounderstanding how to create those conditions. In the first six years of our work supporting studies of the use of research evidence, grantees deepened our understanding of the problem of research use and offered fresh ideas about how to improve its use--particularly with regard to the role of intermediaries in brokering research evidence and the importance of trusting relationships between researchers, decision makers, and practitioners in its uptake. The next phase of this work will build on this knowledge and advance understanding of how to improve the use of research evidence in policy and practice.

Investing in Knowledge: Insights on the Funding Landscape for Research on Inequality Among Young People in the United States

October 1, 2015

This report maps the current funding environment for research on understanding and addressing social and economic inequality among young people in the U.S. To situate the existing funding landscape, I begin with a broad articulation of what is meant by inequality. Next, I characterize the structure of the funding landscape before turning to a description of three primary approaches used by funders to support research on inequality among young people in the U.S. These characterizations emerged from a set of informant interviews with social science researchers and foundation and government funders and a document scan of funder's websites. The report concludes with a brief discussion of potential strategies funding organizations could use to improve efforts to understand and address inequality among young people in the U.S.

Research-Practice-Policy Partnerships for Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices in Child Welfare and Child Mental Health

August 1, 2015

Partnerships between researchers, practitioners, and policymakers represent a promising avenue for improving outcomes for young people and families.In a new report, Lawrence Palinkas, Cherry Short, and Marleen Wong of the University of Southern California's School of Social Work suggest that research-practice-policy partnerships may help narrow the gap between the development of evidence-based services for young people in the child welfare and mental health systems and the routine delivery of these services.Describing the structure and operations of partnerships, and the potential challenges to making them work, Palinkas and colleagues present three models of successful partnerships in the child welfare and mental health systems. Case studies for each model provide rich examples of the common elements and central themes that characterize the value of partnerships as a strategy for delivering high quality services in high demand settings.

William T. Grant Foundation: Annual Report 2014

July 14, 2015

Our new Annual Report features essays on reducing inequality and understanding the use of research evidence, as well as profiles of our grantees and an overview of the work we supported in 2014.

Use of Research Evidence: Social Services Portfolio

June 3, 2015

The William T. Grant Foundation intends that the emerging research evidence from its Use of Research Evidence (URE) portfolio be useful to those engaged in these (and other) diverse efforts. But broad and meaningful use of research evidence will require conversations that extend beyond researchers and expert forums. Indeed, URE findings suggest that policymakers and practitioners should not be viewed simply as "end users" of research evidence. To provide insight into how URE studies and the resulting evidence could be most relevant and useful to them, policymakers and practitioners at all levels in the social services system must have a voice in these conversations. This paper is intended to foster and inform dialogue among researchers, policymakers, and practitioners by reflecting on the Foundation's social services URE portfolio from the perspective of policy and practice and by identifying potential opportunities for the next generation of studies and considerations for those undertaking that work.

Measuring Instruction in Higher Education: Summary of a Convening

April 15, 2015

What will it take to improve the quality of instruction in higher education? An important first step is the ability to measure quality. A variety of measurement systems exist, but how informative are they, and how can we bring greater coherence to instructional measurement in higher education?On November 17 -- 18, 2014, the William T. Grant Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored a convening of experts on education and the learning sciences to address these questions and to guide possible future initiatives by the foundations.The report examines incentive structures in colleges and universities, looks at the goals toward which instructional measurement can be directed, describes past and current research on instructional measurement, and summarizes potential future initiatives.