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Research and Evaluation

The Department of Research and Evaluation supports Seattle Public School students, families, educators, central office staff and external partners through a wide variety of student academic data analysis, program evaluation, asset-based measurement and quantitative and qualitative research. R&E’s areas of responsibility include:

Performance Measurement and Accountability

We partner with the Business Intelligence department to support the design and production of district and school performance frameworks and accountability reports. This work includes working with stakeholders to define key performance indicators, developing survey tools and other instruments, conducting statistical analysis, and producing data tools and dashboards. Learn more about Performance Measurement and Accountability.

Districtwide Climate Surveys

We work collaboratively to design and administers district-wide surveys that support performance measurement, organizational learning and improvement. Surveys include annual school climate surveys of students, families and staff, the school leader customer satisfaction survey, and central office employee engagement survey. Learn more about District Surveys.

Educational Research & Program Evaluation

We partner with central office, school leaders, educators and community stakeholders to support novel research that contributes to organizational learning, planning and decision-making aligned to strategic goals and objectives. Additionally, we support grant-funding efforts that provide innovative research-practice partnerships with external researchers and organizations. Learn more about Educational Research & Program Evaluation.

Apply to Conduct Research

We manage the formal review process for all external research requests, evaluating proposals to ensure they are relevant to district strategic priorities, rigorous in methodological approach, and low risk and low burden for study participants. Learn more about applying to conduct research.

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