What is a research practice partnership?
Research-practice partnerships are long-term, mutually beneficial collaborations that promote the production and use of research.
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Whether you are looking to form, grow, or support a research-practice partnership, 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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Internal Research Capacity Within an SEA: A Learning Journey to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Rebecca Lavinson
Seeking to learn more what effective inter-agency collaboration looks like in practice, the American Youth Policy Forum, the National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships, and Results for America recently assembled a contingent of state education agency staff, researchers, and intermediaries to embed with the Massachusetts Department of Secondary and Elementary Education for a day-long “learning journey.” This post chronicles lessons gleaned from that day, including best practices, recommendations, and process details drawn from real-life experiences.

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Evaluating the impacts of boundary-spanning activities at the interface of environmental science and policy: A review of progress and future research needs

Stephen M. Posner and Christopher Cvitanovic
This paper makes the case for systematically evaluating the impact of boundary-spanning activities, which can facilitate knowledge exchange and connect science and policy.

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Forming and sustaining a research-practice partnership: Lessons from our experience at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Lauren Supplee, Charisse Johnson, Seth Chamberlain, and Samantha Illangasekare
Many research-practice partnerships (RPP) begin when two initially unaffiliated partner organizations decide to pursue collaborative work. Having formed a partnership between our respective offices within a federal agency, our experience is a bit different.

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Working Together to Enhance the Use of Research in Policy and Practice

Vivian Tseng and Angela Bednarek
A growing movement around the world is uniting researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in collaborative efforts to develop and use research to tackle the most pressing social and environmental problems of our day. What’s different about these efforts is that the research studies are a product of the collaborations, not the other way around.

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Five Ways RPPs Can Fail and How to Avoid Them: Applying Conceptual Frameworks to Improve RPPs

Laura Booker, Carrie Conaway, and Nate Schwartz
When well executed, research-practice partnerships can be powerful mechanisms for producing relevant and useful knowledge and facilitating its integration into policy and practice to improve youth outcomes. But without taking intentional steps to avoid common hurdles, it’s likely that many partnerships will fail to fulfill this potential. In this paper, three state education agency leaders experienced in navigating the challenging world of research-practice partnerships, offer examples of potential obstacles facing RPPs and provide practical strategies for overcoming them.