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Conducting External Research

Conducting External Research


The School District of Philadelphia frequently receives requests from individuals and organizations to conduct research studies with students, teachers, principals, and administrators. While it is District policy to cooperate with researchers whose projects might benefit education, all individuals and organizations interested in conducting research in the District must have their proposals reviewed by the Office of Research and Evaluation's Research Review Committee (RRC).

We are primarily interested in evidence that contributes to fact-based decision-making in the District and is aligned to Action Plan strategies and actions. Prior to submitting a proposal, please ask yourself the folllowing questions:

1. How will this research help advance the District’s Action Plan?

2. Will findings from this research help improve the educational experiences and outcomes for children in Philadelphia?

If you are interested in submitting a research proposal for the committee's review, please CLICK HERE. All research activites must adhere to the District's policies and procedures.

If your research has already been approved by the RRC, please CLICK HERE.

If you are seeking DATA ONLY and will not be submitting a research proposal, please CLICK HERE for our online data request. Because of the volume of requests received, it will take at least 30 business days for your data request to be filled (beyond the research review process, if applicable).