The Global Family Research Project is the successor to the Harvard Family Research Project (1983-2016), which separated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education Jan. 1, 2017, and it is no longer affiliated with Harvard University. With our long history, we have an established track record in defining and advancing the fields of family, school, and community engagement.
We’re most proud of our:
● Groundbreaking work on the use of the case method to engage families in an ecology of learning,
● Leadership in the U.S. Department of Education’s National Parental Information and Resource Center’s Technical Assistance Center
● Preparation of a seminal report on the first Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework
● Contributions to new approaches to evaluate philanthropic, policy, and program initiatives.
● Creation of the first database of afterschool evaluations
● Development of a challenge paper to shift mindsets and practice in family engagement
We work across boundaries—with early childhood and afterschool organizations, schools, digital media, libraries, museums, and others working on behalf of children and families—to ensure that families are empowered in children’s learning, from early childhood to young adulthood.
We encourage global connections by lifting up and sharing innovative family and community engagement strategies, research, and practices. We have shared our expertise with educators and philanthropies in Brazil, Chile, China, and Australia.