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  1. Alison Fox Resnick
  2. Paula Arce-Trigatti
  3. Danny Schmidt
  4. Kristina Stamatis
  5. Sarah Wellberg
Affiliated institutions: University of Colorado Boulder

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Description: In education research-practice partnerships (RPPs), people with different perspectives work together to understand, study, and develop solutions for persistent challenges in education. RPPs focus on doing research with and alongside their practice, policy, or community partners, focused on local issues of concern. They are a prime example of how long-term collaborative approaches to research can address persistent challenges and systemic inequities in schools and communities. The field has begun to develop a shared understanding of the broad goals that RPPs share. The RPP Effectiveness Framework developed by Henrick and colleagues in 2017 was a critical starting point, reflecting the perspectives of a wide range of partnerships and RPP leaders of the time. Almost immediately, evaluators, researchers, and RPPs themselves began to use this framework to think about local RPP work. This framework included dimensions of effectiveness and indicators of progress along each dimension, and authors proposed that future work include the development of tools and measures to support the use of the framework. In 2019, a new group came together for a project focused on designing, developing, and testing tools to understand and support RPP effectiveness aligned with the 2017 framework. Through engaging in this work, it became clear that as the field develops and grows over time, so too must our ideas about what is important to attend to when considering RPP effectiveness. As a result, our work expanded, and we not only identified tools to support RPPs’ effectiveness goals but also engaged in an iterative process to revisit the 2017 framework itself. We present an update for each dimension, reflecting insights from engagement with a range of RPP participants over the past five years. For each dimension, we also describe indicators that partnerships might use to more deeply understand that dimension within their context and how those indicators could guide progress towards increased RPP effectiveness and health. We conclude by discussing uses of the framework.

License: CC-By Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International


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