Design Based Implementation Research

NSF Program Solicitation: CS for All + RPPs

The recent Computer Science for All (CS for All) program solicitation from the National Science Foundation focuses on the importance of researcher-practitioner partnerships (RPPs) in supporting computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) education. Specifically, the program solicitation states:

RPPs aim to strengthen the capacity of an organization to reliably produce valued CS and CT education outcomes for diverse groups of students, educated by different teachers from varied organizational contexts. The focus is on succeeding when implemented at scale. These studies have less prescriptive research designs and methods, with research occurring in rapid, iterative, and context-expanding cycles. They require deep engagement of researchers and practitioners during the collaborative research on problems of practice that are co-defined and of value to researchers and education agencies, for example, a school district or community of schools.

About Research-Practice Partnerships

For partnership development, we recommend that teams check out our Research-Practice Partnership Toolkit, as well as these resources:

Resources for Proposal Development

For proposal development, we have assembled resources from the Research + Practice Collaboratory, LearnDBIR, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching that are directly related to key goals of projects that may be proposed:

For projects studying implementation in the local context:

For projects employing rapid changes in implementation with short-cycle methods:

For projects capitalizing on variation in educational contexts to address the sources of variability in outcomes to understand what works, for whom, and under what conditions:

For projects addressing organizational structures and processes and their relation to innovation:

For projects employing measurement of change ideas, key drivers, and outcomes to continuously test working theories and to learn whether specific changes actually produce improvement:

For projects about reforming the system in which the approach is being implemented as opposed to overlaying a specific approach on an existing system:


In addition, to support those seeking CS for All funding, we have been invited to host three workshops:

January 9-10, 2017: Atlanta, GA Apply to attend

January 12-13, 2017: Los Angeles, CA Apply to attend

January 27-28, 2017: Chicago, IL Apply to attend

At these workshops, participants will have the opportunity to learn strategies for:
+Identifying the focus of joint work in a partnership
+Engaging in collaborative design that includes researchers and educators on the team
+Conducting implementation research

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