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.

As of June 2014, the District has revised its external research policies to better align with the District’s Action Plan 2.0. 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 2.0.’s anchor goals. Currently, the Anchor Goal of focus is: 100% of 8 year olds will read on grade level.

(Please be advised, due to an over saturation of nutrition and health related programs and studies, the District IS NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING ANY NURTITION OR HEALTH RELATED STUDY PROPOSALS not already associated with an ongoing program or grant.)

Prior to submitting a proposal, please review the District’s Action Plan 2.0. 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 Anchor Goal 2, 100% of 8 year olds will read on grade level?

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).