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
Consortium on Educational Research and Improvement (CERI)
What is CERI? The Consortium on Educational Research and Improvement (CERI or “the Consortium”) is a collaboration between Southern Methodist University (SMU) and the Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD). SMU and Dallas ISD are working together to identify and support mutually beneficial research, evaluation and improvement projects. Learn more about CERI.
NOTICE: [Effective May 1, 2021: Active data collection by external researchers may resume beginning in the 2021-22 school year. However, on-campus visitations by external researchers will be significantly limited and all campus visitors will be required to follow the district’s COVID protocols. ALL active data collection activities with student or staff participants will be required to be virtual (e.g. electronic surveys or questionnaires, phone or Zoom interviews/focus groups, etc.) and must follow the district’s Online Interactions Guidelines found here.
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.
2022-2023 RRB Calendar Submission Deadline Start of Review Cycle July 20, 2022 July 27, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 21, 2022 November 2, 2022 November 17, 2022 January 11, 2023 January 25, 2023 March 8, 2023 March 22, 2023 May 10, 2023 May 24, 2023 July 12, 2023 July 26, 2023
- Applications for research proposals requiring primary data collection involving students for the 2022-23 school year must be submitted on or before a blue date. Primary data collection proposals involving students submitted on a green date will only be accepted for the 2023-24 school year.