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.

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. 

*PLEASE NOTE* As of October 2016, all dissertation proposals must first be discussed via a phone consultation with an ORE staff member. Any dissertation proposals submitted without prior consultation will immediately be denied. If you wish to your dissertation study to be considered within the District, please email researchreview@philasd.org.

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? - October 2016

Our Third Annual Research, Policy, and Practice (R2P) Conference is Wednesday, October 26, 2016, from 11:00am-6:00pm! Come to learn, discuss, and network with Philadelphia researchers, pratictioners, and other educational professionals. Anyone with an interest in the important work of bridging research to practice within education is welcome to join in this important event. REGISTER HERE.

The Annual District-wide Survey Has Closed! We are now finalizing entry of paper surveys and analyzing results. Stay tuned! For more information, please visit the ORE District-wide Survey Page

 See the most updated survey tracker here (July 22, 2016).

2014-2015 Principal District-wide Survey Qualitative Feedback Now Available! Learn more about the school-level challenges that schools face across Philadelphia by reading the report here

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.

District-Wide Survey Results Now Available! Created in Partnership with the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE), our district-wide survey data website provides current results from the 2014-2015 school year. The online tool allows access to principal, teacher, student, and parent survey results across both Philadelphia District and Charter schools. Its innovative design is user-friendly and provides viewers with the capability to filter results based on specific interests. 

Central Office Satisfaction Survey Results Now Available! As of December 2015, the Central Office Customer Satisfaction survey results are now online. Find them here.

Upcoming Events and Deadlines


October 26, 2016 - Research to Practice Conference [11:00am-6:00pm] See Agenda.

November 1, 2016 -  Research Review October Notification Date [Approximate]

November 4, 2016 - Research Review November Deadline

November 11, 2016 - Offices Closed, Veterans Day

November 24-25, 2016 - Offices Closed, Thanksgiving & Black Friday

December 2, 2016 - Research Review November Notification Date [Approximate] 



Philadelphia Education Research Consortium

The Philadelphia Education Research Consortium was launched in 2014 through a partnershp 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)