This discussion group brought together a wide range of stakeholders across education and youth-serving systems, including educational researchers, policymakers, and practitioners, to examine the role intermediary organizations play in promoting educational improvement through the use of research and evidence-based practices. For the purposes of this discussion, we defined intermediaries as individuals or organizations that broker the two-way exchange of knowledge between researchers and policymakers or practitioners. These intermediaries frequently seek to:
- Help researchers understand the needs and interests of practitioners and policymakers;
- Help practitioners and policymakers understand and apply research findings in decision-making;
- Facilitate productive interactions among researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in order to improve teaching and learning.
The executive summary and full brief summarize the presentations and conversations, as well as key themes, takeaways, and questions from the day.