The Research Partnerships Program (RPP) was established in December 2016 with the aim of improving educational outcomes through research partnerships including school authorities, post-secondary institutions, and stakeholder organizations. Providing opportunities for collaborative research will support evidence-based decision making and inform priority areas for Alberta’s education system.
The purpose of the Research Partnerships Program is to:
- improve educational outcomes through research partnerships between school authorities, post-secondary institutions and educational organizations;
- provide opportunities for school authorities, post-secondary institutions and educational organizations to conduct research to inform priority topic areas in Alberta’s education system; and
- promote sharing and mobilization of research findings to improve the system.
Currently there are two RPP cohorts: the first cohort was formed in spring 2017 and the second in spring 2018. The Call for Proposals for each of these cohorts clearly identified three research priorities.
- Implementation and evaluation of new programs to improve student learning (particularly in math)
- Implementation and evaluation of inclusive learning environments
- Improving outcomes for Indigenous students
- Implementation of Professional Practice Standards for teachers and leaders
- Indigenous education (acting on the Promising Practices in Supporting Success for Indigenous Students study’s findings and furthering the research)
- Supporting diversity