The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation stipulated that only Research Practice Partnerships were eligible to apply for funding through their program. Their working definition of an RPP is “intentional, purposeful, mutually-beneficial, long-term collaborations between practitioners (or those who administer education) and researchers (or those who study education) that investigate problems of practice and solutions for improving schools and school systems.”
Simply put, a research-practice partnership (RPP) is formed when researchers and practitioners come together to accomplish their shared goals. These partnerships help build capacity and support for the long-term working relationship between members of the research team and their practitioner colleagues. RPPs represent a promising approach when it comes to improving educational practices by solving different challenges linked to education reform.