District-Charter Collaboration Grant Implementation: Findings from Interviews and Site Visits

Moira McCullough, Luke Heinkel, and Betsy Keating; Mathematica Policy Research
31 Aug, 2015

Mathematica has been studying the implementation of Bill & Melinda Gates–funded district-charter collaboration grants since July 2013. The main goal of the analysis was to understand whether and how collaboration—and the sharing of effective practices, in particular—was occurring on a small scale. Collecting and analyzing data from semistructured interviews with central office administrators and school principals, teacher focus groups, and observations, Mathematica found that several activities implemented in multiple sites show promise in spreading effective practices across schools and staff, but overall progress in increasing collaboration has been limited.