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    Conducting Research in the Dallas Independent School District

    Effective Immediately [08/01/2018]: In order to ensure that Dallas ISD student privacy and confidentiality are held to the highest standards, all principal investigators and research staff for new or continued research within Dallas ISD must complete the free U.S. Department of Education FERPA Awareness Training - FERPA 101: For Local Education Agencies. After completing the training, the FERPA 101 certificate(s) must be submitted with your research application or research modification before the RRB will review your submission. Further, anyone requesting secondary data such as student test scores, in addition to completing FERPA 101 must complete the FERPA 201: Data Sharing under FERPA training. Training courses can be access through the U.S. Department of Education Protecting Student Privacy website (https://studentprivacy.ed.gov/content/online-training-modules)

    Note: [12/01/2017]: In order to address the issue of survey fatigue that is impacting survey response rates in Dallas ISD, please consider other options before proposing surveys as part of your evaluation or research plan. If you have research questions that can be answered with existing Dallas ISD surveys or program evaluations, we are happy to consider sharing existing data. Please see available district surveys for more information on what data is already collected. Reviewers will be very selective in accepting proposals that include surveys.

    The Dallas ISD supports high quality research that addresses well-formed research questions of educational importance. At the same time, the district has moral and legal obligations that require oversight of research activities that make use of district resources such as data, facilities, employee time, or access to students.

    In order to conduct research in the Dallas ISD, a proposal must be submitted to and reviewed by the district's Research Review Board (RRB). The RRB is housed within the Department of Evaluation & Assessment, and draws on the expertise of district researchers and program evaluators, as well as the professional knowledge of staff from the departments of Teaching and Learning, Student Services, School Leadership, and Legal Services, among others.

    External research proposals must demonstrate clear and direct educational value to the district and not just to the profession of education in general, be minimally disruptive to the educational process, manifest a sound research methodology, and comply with current privacy laws. The potential direct benefit to Dallas ISD must outweigh demands on district resources, particularly on staff and student time. Dallas ISD strongly encourages and gives priority to external research projects that contribute to or complement the district's research agenda and strategic plan.

    If you are planning a research study or evaluation that will use secondary data, you must complete a Data Sharing Agreement (DSA) after your research proposal is approved by the Dallas ISD RRB. School or network staff cannot provide data to external researchers. Researchers need to request a DSA template after the RRB has approved their research proposal.

    We strongly encourage researchers to first explore the school-level data already publicly available. Researchers wishing to use publicly available data do not need to submit a research application to the district.

    For additional information, contact:
    Larry Featherston, Ph.D.
    Chair, Dallas ISD Research Review Board

    Publicly Available Data
    Publicly available school-level data. You do not need to submit a research application to use this data.
    Guidelines for Research in Dallas ISD
    Guidelines to read before beginning an application to find out if your proposal will be considered by Dallas ISD's RRB.
    Application Instructions
    Step-by-step instructions for submitting a proposal to Dallas ISD's RRB.
    Application Forms
    Forms you will need for your proposal to Dallas ISD's RRB, including descriptions of each form.
    Application & Data Request Fee Structure
    All research applications and data requests are subject to this fee schedule.
    Frequently Asked Questions
    A list of frequently asked questions we receive regarding research applications. Please review this list before contacting us with questions.
    Resources for Administrators
    Resources for administrators and a list of approved research studies that have permission to conduct research at Dallas ISD campuses.

    2018-2019 Calendar

    The Research Review Board meets monthly to review proposals. Researchers should submit their proposal at least 60 days in advance of the date they plan to begin research activities.

    2016-2017 Research Review Calendar*

    Submission Deadline
    Start of Review Cycle
    June 13, 2018 June 27, 2018
    The RRB will not meet in July.
    August 8, 2018 August 22, 2018
    September 12, 2018 September 26, 2018
    October 10, 2018 October 24, 2018
    November 15, 2018 November 29, 2018
    The RRB will not meet in December.
    January 9, 2019 January 23, 2019 
    February 13, 2019 February 27, 2019 
    March 6, 2019 March 27, 2019 
    April 10, 2019 April 24, 2019 
    May 8, 2019 May 22, 2019 
    June 12, 2019 June 26, 2019 
    The RRB will not meet in July.

    Please Note

    • Applications for research proposals requiring primary data collection for the 2018-19 school year must be submitted on or before a blue date. Primary data collection proposals submitted on a green date will only be accepted for the 2019-20 school year.
    • Complete proposal, including the application fee (money order or cashier's check), must be received by 12 noon on the deadline date. Proposals sent on the deadline date and received the next week will be reviewed during the next cycle.
    • Allow one full review cycle for board decision.
    • Deadlines are firm – there are no exceptions.
    • All efforts will be made to adhere to these time frames for review. However, this schedule is subject to change at any time due to overriding district priorities.