Apply to Conduct Research
What is SPS Research Review?
In accordance with district policy 4280 and 4280SP Seattle Public Schools has implemented a rigorous research review process managed by the department of Research and Evaluation (R&E). Our district requires this process for all individuals and organizations interested in conducting human subjects or secondary administrative data research with Seattle Public School students and staff (note that staff includes school administrators, school leaders, and teachers).
Below are applicant resources. Please read the research review guidelines thoroughly, as it answers many questions you may have around the research review process, timelines, and requirements.
The review committee meets monthly and screens applications for:
- Relevance to districtwide strategic initiatives and goals
- Rigor of research methodology
- Risks/benefits to schools and study participants
- Burden to the district, schools, and study participants
Application and Guidelines
These guidelines (in the document above and summarized below) are intended to help you determine all necessary requirements for submitting a complete application, as well as the process and standards by which your application will be reviewed. As you read through the guidelines, please note that, while Seattle Public Schools recognizes the value of supporting research, it does not guarantee the right to access Seattle Public Schools students, staff, or data for research purposes.
If access is granted, the researcher may only access schools, students, staff, and data relevant to the research as approved by the department of R&E. R&E reserves the right to modify the guidelines as needed and to request changes to multi-year approved research proposals or research proposals.
R&E reviews three types of research proposals:
- Internal research
- External research
Knowing the category your proposal fits in is critical, as this will impact the application form and timeline for review.