Conducting Research in the Dallas Independent School District
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
NOTICE: [Effective June 1, 2019: Graduate research – The district will NOT be accepting non-employee graduate research request. The district is committed to supporting our employees and due to the high demand of employee graduate research requests, the district does not have the capacity to support non-employee graduate research at this time.]
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.
2019-2020 RRB Calendar Submission Deadline Start of Review Cycle June 12, 2019 June 26, 2019 No meeting in July 2019. August 7, 2019 August 21, 2019 September 11, 2019 September 25, 2019 October 9, 2019 October 23, 2019 November 6, 2019 November 20, 2019 No meeting in December 2019. January 8, 2020 January 22, 2020 February 12, 2020 February 26, 2020 March 11, 2020 March 25, 2020 April 8, 2020 April 22, 2020 May 13, 2020 May 27, 2020 June 10, 2020 June 24, 2020 No meeting in July 2020.
- Applications for research proposals requiring primary data collection for the 2019-20 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 2020-21 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.