When education leaders and researchers work together, they can create, conduct, and use research to identify education opportunities and best practices and ultimately use data to improve education outcomes for students. Successful data-driven collaboration relies on common goals, clear processes and communication, and a commitment to action. This document highlights key focus areas that researchers and education leaders should discuss together when embarking on a specific research project or at the start of a longer-term partnership.
To see what partnership between policymakers and researchers looks like in action, view DQC’s infographic. To learn about how states and researchers can work together to build knowledge to support students, read DQC’s Roadmap for Effective Data Use and Research Partnerships between State Education Agencies and Education Researchers.