The National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships (NNERPP)

MEP is a member of the National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships. The mission of NNERPP is to develop, support, and connect partnerships between education agencies and research institutions—to improve the relationships between research, policy, and practice.

Launched in 2016 under the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University in Houston, Texas, NNERPP brings together experienced and emerging RPPs to share best practices, lessons learned, and ways to improve how education research is used in the public sphere. Nationwide, 29 RPPs are members of NNERPP. Beth Vaade, MEP Co-Director, is a member of the NNERPP Steering Committee.

 NNERPP At-A-Glance

  • Develops and shares best partnership practices
  • Synthesizes research findings and builds knowledge
  • Produces comparative research
  • Facilitates cross-partnership collaborations
  • Advances policies and system reforms

The National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships

Check out NNERPP’s Knowledge Clearinghouse to learn more about RPPs and research topics.

Center for Research in Early Childhood Education (CRECE)

CRECE was established at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the UW-Madison School of Education in November 2017. Unique among education research centers in its whole-child, ecological approach to research, as well as its multi-tiered approach to stakeholder engagement, CRECE's work focuses on children ages 0-8, their families, and communities.

CRECE’s focus spans home and school, preschool and elementary, formal and informal education, policy and practice. CRECE researchers explore how practitioners can build on the resources children bring to learning; the professional development of the early childhood workforce; early childhood curriculum, teaching and assessment; the education of new researchers; and the development and enactment of research-based policy.

CRECE At-A-Glance

Promoting equal opportunity for all young children, CRECE advances

  • Cross-disciplinary Research
  • Policy Analyses
  • Teacher Education
  • Training New Researchers
  • Engaging the Early Childhood Community