Research and Resources in Family Involvement
The National Center for Family and Community Connections
SEDL's National Center for Family
and Community Connections with Schools links people
with research-based information and resources that they
can use to effectively connect schools, families, and communities.
The Center provides three primary types of resources to
assist researchers, practitioners, families and community
members with finding and utilizing research based information
people need to take action and make connections between
schools, families, and communities.
Collection: Publications Database
The Connection Collection includes annotations for 395 research studies,
articles, monographs, and other literature related to school, family, and
community involvement in education.
Working in partnership with leaders in the field, the Center gathered information
about the latest research and the most innovative thinking about family and
community connections with schools and developed annual research syntheses
Strategy Briefs are short summaries of a concept from the research on family
and community connections with schools. They include research resources and
suggestions for next steps for practitioners interested in implementing these
ideas. Also included are Interactive Strategy Briefs, Online interactive
modules that allow users to explore family involvement concepts and related
The Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP)
Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) helps stakeholders develop and
evaluate strategies to promote the well being of children, youth,
families, and communities. HFRP's work focuses on early childhood
education, out-of-school time programming, family and community
involvement in education, and evaluation.
Features of the Harvard Family Research Project Include:
Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE)
The Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE) is a national network
of over 8,000 people who are interested in promoting strong partnerships
between children's educators, their families, and their communities.
FINE offers the following resources online:
- What's new - monthly announcements of current ideas and new resources
- Resources - research, evaluation, and training tools
- E-newsletter (FINE Forum) - program models and perspectives on
- Member insights - opinions about topics of interest
Harvard Family Research Project's quarterly periodical, The Evaluation Exchange, contains new
lessons and emerging strategies for evaluating programs and policies, particularly those focused on
children, families, and communities.
Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) publishes research on early childhood
care and education, family, school and community partnerships, evaluation
and accountability, and professional development. Many of the publications
are available free of charge.
Funding for the PIRC program as a whole has been discontinued by the US Department of Education. Therefore, most PIRC programs are no longer in operation although several are continuing with funding from other sources. You may contact PIRCs directly to determine their status.