RPPs: Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em?

February 2019


Bronwyn Bevan

University of Washington

Erin Henrick

Partners to Improve

Steven McGee

The Learning Partnership

Lucia Dettori

Chicago Public Schools

For the last three years the CS for All initiative at the National Science Foundation has had a call for research-practice partnership (RPP) projects. The goal of the program is to advance both knowledge and practice in creating inclusive, responsive computer science/computational thinking programs for all K-12 youth. RPPs represent an approach to research that, by design, is both more equitable and more ethical because it leverages community stakeholder experiences and perspectives to inform research questions, methods, and meaning-making. RPPs are thus potentially powerful tools for equity-oriented initiatives such as CS for All. Beginning in December 2016, the Research + Practice Collaboratory, an NSF-funded initiative based at the University of Washington, has led ten RPP development workshops for CS for All, collectively serving over 700 members of the community. At these workshops we have collected data about how the community sees itself benefiting from the adoption of RPP approaches to the work. In this experience paper we describe what we have learned about the field’s interests with respect to adopting RPP approaches to the work.

Suggested Citation

Bronwyn Bevan, Steven McGee, Erin Henrick, and Lucia Dettori. RPPs love 'em or leave 'em?. In 2019 Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology (RESPECT), February 2019. Minneapolis, MN. https://doi.org/10.1109/RESPECT46404.2019.8985789.