Assessment and evaluation can inform efforts to improve partnership work and provide opportunities to understand how and under what conditions RPPs influence district actions.

In a field that is still emerging, what we know about evaluating research-practice partnerships is still nascent. Only a few RPPs have conducted a systematic evaluation of their work, but many more are eager to assess and evaluate their work in order to improve their efforts and decision making.

Guiding Tips and Questions

“Evaluation is about making the work visible— and the importance of this should not be under-estimated. It is important to building trust and to strengthening the partnership. It allows everyone to see the work. As new people come on, it gives them context and a way to buy in.”

Cynthia Coburn Northwestern University

Work Samples

  • MIST District Feedback Reports

    MIST prepares feedback reports for each collaborating district each year. They share findings about how the district’s instructional strategies played out, explain the gaps between intended and implemented strategies, and make recommendations for adjustments.

  • UChicago CCSR Quarterly Metrics Report

    This Chicago Consortium example is a quarterly metrics report cataloguing the Consortium’s publications, presentations, influence via media coverage, and social media analytics over a quarter.

  • NCRPP Research Use Survey

    This survey is designed for use by researchers studying RPP outcomes focusing on key areas of research use. The instrument also includes a measure of organizational culture and open-ended reports of research that educational leaders find useful.