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We look forward to seeing you at CRC 2017 on April 14th. Sign up to volunteer at the event. No experience is required to moderate a session!

 Keynote: "Pathways from Research to Policy: Implications for Researchers" 

Cynthia Coburn PhD, Professor of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University


April 14th, 11:00 - 12:30 PM in Holloway Hall (Bavaro Room 116)

Sponsored by the Curry Education Research Lectureship Series

Abstract: In the last decade, there has been renewed interest in how policy makers in various fields use research in their decision making. Researchers wonder why some research ends up being influential in policy making while other research does not. Funders want to find ways that their investment in research can be more influential. Advocates argue that policy makers should be using the best information available to inform consequential decisions, especially when it affects children and youth. In this talk, I discuss what we know as a field about the ways in which research informs policy making. Rather than taking a normative stance, I discuss the nature of decision making in public agencies and the ways in which research enters into these practices, and the role of researchers and research-practice partnerships in these processes. I illustrate the discussion with evidence from my own studies of instructional decision making in urban school districts. I discuss implications for researchers, paying particular attention to new ways of conceptualizing the relationship between researchers and policy makers.

CRC 2017 Conference Schedule*

*subject to change

The CRC Conference is sponsored by the Curry Dean's Office and Ed Council.




Congratulations to last year's CRC winners! 

First place: Emily Barton
Title: Understanding the relationship between use of online professional development supports and fidelity of implementation in MyTeachingPartner-Math/Science

Undergraduate award: Ana Mendelson
Title: Autism Theatre Project

People's Choice Winner: Jacob Bennett
Title: Empirical Designs: How the Concept of White Privilege has been Researched in Teacher Education

People's Choice Winner: Andrew Frankel 
Title: Trilingual Tibetans: New Frames for Understanding Ethnicity and Schooling in China's Minority Education System

The CRC Steering Committee

Committee Chair: Jillian McGraw (

Committee Chair: Wes Wilson (

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