Framework for Studying Settings

The Foundation supports research on the programs, policies and practices that reduce inequalities among youth ages 5 to 25 in the United States. Below, please find resources related to our conceptual framework for understanding social settings.

In addition, we have collected and supported work on measuring social settings as well as the design and analysis of group-randomized trials. We also provide a consultation service and Optimal Design software to help design such trials.

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.