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). In order to be considered by the RRC, research must fit into one of five categories: 1) Academic Study; 2) Ph.D. Dissertation; 3) National Survey; 4) Grant Mandated Evaluation; 5) Program Evaluation.

ORE regularly revises the external research policies to better align with the District’s Action Plan. Action Plan 3.0 was released in March 2015. In order to streamline research and best utilize limited District resources, the District is limiting all research falling under categories one, two and three (Academic Studies, Ph.D. Dissertations and National Surveys) based on its alignment with one of Action Plan 3.0.’s anchor goals.

Prior to submitting a proposal, please review the District’s Action Plan 3.0. and ask yourself the following questions:

1. What category of research does my proposal fall into?

2. If it is an Academic Study, a Ph.D. Dissertation or a National Survey, does this research align with the anchor goals?

3. Will findings from this research provide actionable outcomes that can 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).