Who we are
The Boston Early Childhood Research Practice Partnership (RPP) team includes practitioners at the Boston Public Schools and researchers from the University of Michigan, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and MDRC. Our RPP began in 2007, with additional partners added over time. Together, we use data and research to improve educational experiences and outcomes for young children in Boston and beyond.
What we do
The Boston Early Childhood Research Practice Partnership team conducts research and strives to answer critical policy and programmatic questions about early childhood education in the Boston area and beyond. Our RPP projects include implementation studies, studies with causal research designs, descriptive studies, and analysis to answer fast-cycle practitioner questions. Together we strive to build a shared understanding of how rigorous research can be a critical tool for building high-quality early education programs that promote more equitable learning opportunities and child outcomes and how we can most effectively respond to pressing challenges and opportunities within classrooms and programs.
How we work
Our RPP operates on the following principles:
- District questions are the priority
- The district is in the driver’s seat in designing its programs
- Coaches’ and teachers’ voices are essential
- What you don't do is as important as what you do
- Trust is fundamental
Centering these practices, the Boston Early Childhood Research Practice Partnership focuses on addressing questions that are critical to the broader field as well as our local practitioner partners within Boston. We strive to co-create research projects and work together to implement them. The team continually shares early results to gather feedback and inform the direction of future analysis.
Learn more about how we work in our chapter in The Future of Children publication "Research-Practice Partnerships to Strengthen Early Education".
Our Current Projects
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