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Research & Evaluation

Center researchers conduct studies to increase an understanding of the nature and effects of school, family, and community partnerships and to improve policies and programs of family and community involvement at the school, district, and state levels.

The research is designed to identify structures and processes that improve the quality of family and community involvement in schools that serve families and children in diverse communities and that contribute to the academic and behavioral success of students. Other studies focus on the dynamics and effects of district leadership for partnerships; the organization and results of TIPS interactive homework in the elementary and middle grades; antecedents and effects of specific practices on parents/family responses and results for students; and program evaluations.

This section includes a few reports conducted with data from members of NNPS and other studies of family and community engagement.

Also see a list of research publications that are accessible in most college and university libraries, or on request from NNPS.

Research Summaries Read summaries of NNPS research and evaluations. See Annual Reports on UPDATE Data.
Type 2 Research Briefs Read archived Research Briefs from Type 2, the NNPS (prior) newsletter.
Publications List Review a list of articles, chapters, and books by NNPS researchers, including theoretical, empirical, and ethnographic studies, overviews of the literature, and perspective papers.
Program Evaluation Annual UPDATE surveys from NNPS collect data that will help your site evaluate the quality and progress of partnership programs. See the “built in” evaluation tools that you can use to help your site.

See 2023 UPDATE surveys for SCHOOLS, DISTRICTS,


Also see the section Publications and Products.