National Center for Research in Policy and Practice

Teacher and student

Project Status: Current
Focus Area: School Improvement & Redesign
Location: National
Report: Findings from a National Study (Tech. Report No. 1)

Through a partnership with the University of Colorado Boulder and Northwestern University, this project studies how educational leaders—including school district supervisors and principals—use research when making decisions and what can be done to make research findings more useful and relevant for those leaders.

The study aims to learn how people in district offices and schools use evidence from research studies to inform their decisions by focusing on three areas: measuring current research use in schools, identifying what conditions affect when research is used, and determining ways that research could be made more meaningful for educational leaders through long-term partnerships between researchers and practitioners.

CEPR, under the direction of Heather Hill, is leading the measurement study which will develop and pilot a survey for districts and school leaders, and field responses from a nationally representative sample. 

Visit the NCRPP website

Kenyon Maree

Research Assistant
Doctoral Student
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Lauren Yoshizawa

Research Assistant
Doctoral Student
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Research to Practice

June 9, 2016

Findings from the National Center for Research in Policy and Practice (NCRPP) survey, and how it can help education leaders and researchers create more of an impact, are discussed in the following HGSE Usable Knowledge blog post.

CU-Boulder, Harvard, and Northwestern Launch Center to Study How Educational Leaders Use Research

June 25, 2014

The Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education has awarded nearly $5 million to the University of Colorado Boulder, the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University, and Northwestern University to create a new center that will study how educational leaders—including school district supervisors and principals—use research when making decisions and what can be done to make research findings more useful and relevant for those leaders.

Research Partners

University of Colorado Boulder
Northwestern University

Funder

Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education