Implementing Education Policy: Getting From What Now? to What Works

Implementing Education Policy: Getting From What Now? to What Works

Although more and more funders are providing support to organizations advocating for education reform, additional efforts are needed to ensure that new policies leading to better student outcomes are put into practice in the classroom, a new report from Grantmakers for Education suggests. Implementing Education Policy: Getting From What Now? to What Works (32 pages, PDF) highlights the need to fund stakeholder convenings, research, and campaigns that build public buy-in for the implementation of reforms — a process often complicated by the diversity of actors involved in the day-to-day implementation of policies and a lack of resources. Funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies and the Cleveland, Nellie Mae Education, and Stuart foundations, the report argues that grantmakers should directly fund agencies, organizations, and programs that are responsible for policy implementation; provide technical assistance; fund watchdog groups whose job it is to monitor the progress of reform efforts; and support communications activities that target stakeholders affected by policy changes.