The W.T. Grant Foundation in New York City has announced grants totaling more than $3.4 million in support of research focused on reducing disparities in youth outcomes and improving the use of research evidence in decisions that affect young people.
To that end, the foundation awarded $1.1 million to Bruce Chorpita of the University of California, Los Angeles, and Kimberly Becker of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in support of efforts to determine whether the Coordinated Knowledge System intervention increases clinical supervisors' use of research evidence in working with therapists and in therapists' work with students; and $839,616 over two years to Fiona Hollands and Henry Levin of the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies Education, Teachers College, at Columbia University to determine whether a decision-making framework and online tool can facilitate the use of research by local and state-level decision makers.
In addition, three grants were awarded in support of research on inequality. A team that includes Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng at New York University, Adriana Villavicencio of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, also of NYU, and Reva Jaffe-Walter from Montclair State University in New Jersey will receive $588,189 over three years to explore how high schools can better serve newly arrived immigrant students; Alicia Modestino of the School for Public Policy/Urban Affairs at Northeastern University and Trinh Nguyen of the Boston Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development will receive $280,714 over three years for an evaluation of the Boston summer youth employment program; and Lashawn Richburg-Hayes of Insight Policy Research and Crystal Byndloss and Fred Doolittle of MDRC will receive $599,112 over three years to explore how colleges can improve services and outcomes for African-American males in Georgia universities.