How can partnerships between the public sector and academic researchers help programs and policies to achieve significantly better results? To explore that question, we’re joined by someone who has successfully built bridges between academia and government through a range of federal, state and local projects. Carolyn Heinrich is a professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and the Director of their Center for Health and Social Policy.
In the interview, we discuss lessons from a research-to-practice collaboration funded by the Institute of Education Sciences at the Department of Education. It involved six large urban school districts (Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin and Dallas) and focused on improving the performance of supplementary educational services.