We are interested in building the capacity of social scientists, foundation leaders, and public officials to carry out credible evaluation studies of group-based interventions. We have funded a team of researchers including Stephen Raudenbush (University of Chicago), Howard Bloom (MDRC), Jessaca Spybrook (Western Michigan University, and Andres Martinez (University of Michigan) to conduct this capacity-building work. Their suggested readings are below. The team also engineered and continues to update Optimal Design software to assist researchers.
Please note: In 2014, the William T. Grant Foundation retired our 10-year initiative on understanding youth social settings. In its place, we launched a new research initiative on understanding the programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes. The resources developed under the social settings initiative remain highly relevant, however, as settings are a critical lens for examining inequality.