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Research and Resources in Family Involvement

The National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools

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.
  • Connection 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.
  • Research Syntheses
    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
    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 research-based strategies.

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:
  • The 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 family involvement
    • Member insights - opinions about topics of interest
  • The Evaluation Exchange
    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.
  • HFRP Publications
    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.
Free Webinar Series
The U.S. Department of Education and its partners invite you to view the archive for the webinar, Bringing it All Together: Family and Community Engagement Policies in Action, which took place on November 16, 2011.

This is the ninth and final webinar in the series, Achieving Excellence and Innovation in Family, School, and Community Engagement.
United States Department of Education Funding for this project is provided by the U.S. Department of Education, contract number ED-04-CO-0039/0001. The content herein does not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Education. Disclaimer