In This Article Expand or collapse the "in this article" section Research–Practice Partnerships in Education Within The United States

  • Introduction
  • Methods and Scope
  • What Is a Research–Practice Partnership?
  • General Overviews
  • Goal 1: Building Trust and Cultivating Partner Relationships
  • Goal 2: Producing Relevant Research That Is Used
  • Goal 3: Supporting the Practice Organization in Achieving its Goals
  • Goal 4: Producing Knowledge that Can Inform Educational Improvement Efforts More Broadly
  • Goal 5: Building the Capacity of Participants to Engage in Partnership Work

Education Research–Practice Partnerships in Education Within The United States
Paula Arce-Trigatti, Caitlin C. Farrell
  • LAST REVIEWED: 21 April 2021
  • LAST MODIFIED: 21 April 2021
  • DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780199756810-0274


Research–practice partnerships (RPPs) in education are long-term collaborations aimed at educational improvement and transformation through engagement with research, intentionally organized to connect diverse forms of expertise and to ensure that all partners have a say in the joint work. They have the potential to create conditions for research to inform practice more effectively than a one-way model that emphasizes translation of research into practice. After a description of systematic review methods and brief background on RPPs, this article is organzed into five focal RPP outcome areas: building trust and cultivating relationships, conducting rigorous and relevant research, supporting local improvement efforts, producing knowledge for the field more broadly, and building capacity for involved participants and organizations.

Methods and Scope

This bibliography draws on empirical studies of research–practice partnerships in education in the United States conducted between 2013–2020; this time frame picks up where the last systematic review of RPP literature left off (Coburn, et al. 2013, cited under General Overviews). The article is also limited to RPPs within the United States, given the country’s particular education context and research and development infrastructure. After a systematic search process, 114 unique studies of RPPs and key conceptual papers were identified that provide important background for RPPs. Articles were categorized using the RPP outcomes framework from Henrick, et al. 2017 (cited under General Overviews) from which the illustrative pieces included below were identified.

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