A developmental evaluation of research-practice-partnerships and their impacts

International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership

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Title A developmental evaluation of research-practice-partnerships and their impacts
Creator Cooper, Amanda
Shewchuk, Samantha
MacGregor, Stephen
Subject Education
knowledge mobilization; networks; research impact
Description Globally, K-12 education systems are grappling with how best to integrate research and evidence into policy and practice.  Research-practice-partnerships (RPPs) have arisen as a potentially powerful mechanism for school improvement. This study investigates the ways four research-practice-policy-partnerships are addressing impact by (a) reporting on metrics being used to assess brokering and partnerships, and (b) exploring the ways that network leads and policymakers conceptualize partnerships and impact on the frontlines.   Our findings suggest that while metrics being used provide a necessary baseline for number and types of partnerships, more robust methods are needed capture the quality of interactions and to strategically inform network development.  Network leads conceptualize impact in relation to collaborative processes (shared goals; new and diverse partnerships; improved student achievement; system alignment); systems and structures (joint-work; funding and sustainability; demand from practitioners; equity); continuous learning (capacity-building; reach; adaptability; storytelling).  Our discussion provides ideas about network improvement that include sharing cases of failures (alongside exemplary cases) to maximize learning, and advocates for the use of developmental evaluation to explore the impacts of RPPs.
Publisher IJEPL is a joint publication of PDK International, SFU, GMU, and UDel
Date 2020-06-10
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article

developmental evaluation, Interviews and Document Analysis
Format application/pdf
Identifier https://journals.sfu.ca/ijepl/index.php/ijepl/article/view/967
Source International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership; Vol 16, No 9 (2020): A Development Evaluation of Research-Practice-Partnerships and Their Impacts
Language eng
Relation https://journals.sfu.ca/ijepl/index.php/ijepl/article/view/967/261
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Amanda Cooper, Samantha Shewchuk, Stephen MacGregor

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