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Partnerships between researchers, policymakers and practitioners improve early childhood education

New York, NY–Research-practice partnerships (RPPs), long-term collaborations between researchers, policy makers and practitioners, represent an especially promising strategy for making sure that all children benefit from early childhood education, according to a journal released today by Princeton University and the Brookings Institution.

The journal, Future of Children , edited by Daphna Bassok of the University of Virginia and Pamela Morris of New York University’s Steinhardt School, argues that RPPs are crucial for solving today’s most pressing question in early childhood education–how to deliver high-quality prekindergarten programs at scale.

“Too often there is a disconnect between the questions researchers tackle and the ones that are more urgent and salient for policy makers or practitioners,” said Bassok. “The findings from rigorous, well-designed research studies may not be particularly useful for addressing the real-life complexity that educators and policymakers face.”

“The idea of research practice partnerships is that through close collaborations, researchers can do work that really helps policy makers address the big problems they are tackling and do the work fast enough to actually inform change,” continued Morris. “Our hope is that this journal makes that clear.”

RPPs are Designed to Improve Educational Outcomes

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