Abstract: Do you have a pressing issue that you wish researchers would investigate? Do you wish researchers would publicize their findings in language that everyone can understand? If so, you may be interested in learning about federally funded partnerships between practitioners and researchers. This session will provide examples of practitioners and researchers working together to address key issues in adult basic education and literacy. Practitioners and researchers often have similar questions about adult basic education services, yet they often do not have an opportunity to collaborate as equal partners in exploring these questions. Panelists in this session will explain how practitioners and researchers can work together to address relevant issues in our field. Audience members will have a chance to share their experiences working in collaborations and discuss ways to address challenges, frustrations, and obstacles that often occur during collaborative endeavors.