Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2018

Publication Title

Education Policy Analysis Archives

ISSN

1068-2341

Volume

26

DOI

https://dx.doi.org/10.14507/epaa.26.3525

Abstract

While scholars develop research with clear implications for policy and practice, this work has been largely ineffective in influencing thought beyond the academy. In this article, we explore challenges researchers face in designing public scholarship to influence policy. To illustrate, we profile one such effort, the “Opportunity to Learn Index,” a national project designed to compare opportunities to learn in all 50 states, and we detail challenges related to method, analysis and presentation. This type of effort, we conclude, asks researchers to embrace unique challenges and the inescapably political nature of the knowledge enterprise, especially when engaging with non-researcher audiences.

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