On the eleventh day of Edvent, Paula Arce-Trigatti gave EBE…

Fostering research use in school districts through external partnerships

This is a short blog post written for the William T. Grant Foundation summarizing Caitlin and Cynthia’s recent research on “absorptive capacity” (i.e., an organization’s ability to learn from external sources of knowledge) and how it applies to school districts working with external research partners. I suggested this piece because it can help both practitioners and researchers think more deeply about their own organizational cultures, routines, and systems with respect to collaborative research production.

Reference: Farrell, C.C. & Coburn, C. (2017). Read it online here.


Paula is Director of the National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships (NNERPP), and is the newest member of our Advisory Board. You can read more of her background here.


As part of our Edvent celebrations, we’re offering one lucky winner an exclusive EBE goody bag, and a free 30-minute research engagement consultation with our Director of Education, Stuart Kime. Enter the prize draw here by 5pm on 24th December to be in with a chance!