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The Harvard Family Research Project separated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education to become the Global Family Research Project as of January 1, 2017. It is no longer affiliated with Harvard University.

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About the Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund
Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the U.S. Department of Education has launched the $650 million Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund. This competitive grants program provides funds to local education agencies (LEAs) and nonprofit organizations with a proven record of using innovative practices to improve student achievement, close achievement gaps, decrease dropout rates, increase graduation rates, and improve the effectiveness of educators/school leaders. Through public–private partnerships, recipients will utilize grants to scale-up and develop promising initiatives, as well as create and document best practice models. 

Harvard Family Research Project Commentary
Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) submitted recommendations to the National Register Notice regarding the i3 fund’s proposed priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria. The recommendation included an endorsement of the comments submitted by the National Family, School, and Community Engagement Working Group, a collaborative of leaders in the family engagement field including HFRP’s Heather Weiss.

HFRP’s recommendations emphasize the need to direct development and validation grant funding toward promising family and community engagement initiatives, isolate and recognize the added value of parental involvement in interventions, and take a nuanced view of effect size when selecting innovations for funding.

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