Research and Evaluation

Research and Evaluation



Welcome to the Office of Research and Evaluation at The School District of Philadelphia! The Office of Research and Evaluation:

  • Conducts program evaluations of federal and state grant-funded programs;
  • Designs and implements research studies of major School District initiatives;
  • Administers the District-wide survey programs;
  • Facilitates critical research by outside individuals in support of the School District's mission and vision; and
  • Assists with the preparation of grant applications.

Pre-K Surveys

Attention Pre-K Parents! The 2016-2017 Pre-K Survey is live - participate today and make your voice heard!

You can access the survey online by clicking HERE.   

Surveys are available in English, Spanish, and Arabic. All surveys are accessible from the main survey webpage. 

For more information about this survey effort, please visit the Pre-K Survey information page.  

Questions or concerns? Call 215-400-6565 or email parentsurveyinfo@philasd.org.  

Are You Interested in Conducting Research within SDP?


The Office of Research and Evaluation's Research Review Committee reviews all research intended to be conducted within the District. If you are interested in conducting research within SDP, please visit the Research Review page. Please be aware that specific proposal guidelines apply and typically, research submitted within six months of start date will not be approved. 

If you wish to obtain data from the School District, please complete a Data Request form. [Please note: if you do not have an existing data agreement with the District, you will need to submit through Research Review for approval of your data request.]

Please click here for the Research Review Committee's deadlines as well as Research Forum dates for 2017. 

*PLEASE NOTE* As of January 2017, all proposals are subject to new requirements. Please see the following document for more information. 

Are you a Doctoral student planning on submitting a research proposal to the RRC? Please read the following requirements before continuing. 

SDP Attendance Study

The School District of Philadelphia is partnering with REL Mid-Atlantic and Harvard University to study student attendance and academic performance. Led by Professor Todd Rogers, the project is called “School District of Philadelphia Attendance Project.” The project will take place during the 2014/15 school year, and the final report is expected to be released in late 2015.

For more information about the project, please visit the website.

SDP-Penn GSE Shared Solutions Researcher Practitioner Partnership

The School District of Philadelphia–Penn Graduate School of Education Shared Solutions effort (SDP-Penn GSE Shared Solutions) is dedicated to improving public education in Philadelphia and to bridging the gap between research and practice. The partners aim to accomplish these goals by bringing together teachers, administrators, researchers, and the community to critically engage with rigorous, evidence-based research. For more information visit the website.

As part of the partnership, we will invite researchers and practitioners from across Philadelphia to participate in quarterly mini-conferences throughout the school year. School leaders, teachers, parents, researchers, District administrators, and other stakeholders will be asked to share ideas and experiences and to collaborate in exploring a variety of topics that are central to school improvement. 

Our first mini-conference, Shared Solutions for School Improvement: Developing a System of Excellent Schools, was held on November 12, 2014. READ MORE


What's New in SDP Research? - April 2017


The 2016-2017 District-wide Surveys are Live! Teachers, Principals, Parents/Guardians, & Students - make your voice heard and participate today! CLICK HERE for full details.

Parents and Guardians can complete their survey(s) at any time online. Click here to complete the survey (District parents can also access via the Parent Portal.)

Questions? You can call 215-400-6565 or email parentsurveyinfo@philasd.org.  We will do our best to answer your questions as soon as possible!

View current District response rates HERE.  (Updated April 21, 2017)

District students can access their survey through their student portal, all students can access the survey by visiting http://philasd.org/studentsurvey/

Principals and Teachers will receive an invitation to participate via email. District staff can access the survey at any time via their Employee Portal. 

Want more information? Click HERE. Questions? Please call 215-400-6565. 


EAT.RIGHT.NOW. FY 2015 Evaluation Results Now Available! EAT.RIGHT.NOW. (ERN) is a multi-partner health education program that delivers nutrition education to all eligible District and Charter schools within Philadelphia. Each year, ORE staff create a comprehensive evaluation report surrounding the SDP-ERN programming activities. You can find the full report here.

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

May 2, 2017 - May Research Forum

May 12, 2017 - May Research Review Deadline

May 29, 2017 - Offices Closed, Memorial Day

May 31, 2017 - Teacher and Principal District-wide Surveys Close 

June 6, 2017 - June Research Forum

June 9, 2017 - June Research Review Deadline

June 23, 2017 - Student and Parent/Guardian District-wide Surveys Close 

July 4, 2017 - Offices Closed, Independence Day





Philadelphia Education Research Consortium

The Philadelphia Education Research Consortium was launched in 2014 through a partnership between Research for Action, The School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Charters for Excellence, and Congreso de Latinos Unidos. For more information visit the PERC website here.

Recent PERC reports: Blended Leaning, Defining Models and Examining Conditions to Support Implementation (September 2014)