Whether you are looking to form, grow, or support a partnership between researchers and practitioners, you need to know where to start and what to expect. We’ve gathered guiding tips, work samples, and resources from successful partnerships that can help you on your way. Think of it as a one-stop shop.

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Stanford University and San Francisco Unified School District partnership staff discuss the development of the School Quality Improvement Index.

For Practitioners


Melissa Roderick and Elaine Allensworth, leading education researchers and directors at the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, discuss their partnership’s work.

For Researchers


Vivian Tseng, vice president of program at William T. Grant Foundation, talks about some of the foundations grantmaking programs.

For Funders

  • Spencer Foundation RFP for Research-Practice Partnerships

    In May 2015, the Spencer Foundation began accepting proposals to support Research-Practice Partnerships, including but not limited to place-based research alliances, design-based research teams, and networked improvement communities. The foundation seeks to provide intermediate-term stability to existing RPPs by supporting a range of activities vital to their operation. Through this program, Spencer will provide grants of up to $400,000 for up to three years to support each funded partnership. Proposals for this program are accepted once a year.

  • The Smarter Grantmaking Playbook

    This interactive resource provides guidance to grantmakers for achieving better results among their grantees. The section on collaboration makes the case for why and how to support collaborative efforts through grantmaking.

  • Research-Practice Partnerships at the District Level

    This paper describes three types of partnerships. It defines common elements of RPPs and describes strategies to address common challenges in this emerging area of work.