Conducting Research with Denver Public Schools

All external data or research requests must be submitted to the RRB for approval within three windows before beginning the research project.  Requests submitted outside of these windows will not be considered.

  1. Window One occurs March 1st through March 31st.
  2. Window Two occurs September 1st through September 30th.
  3. Window Three occurs December 15th through January 15th.

External Research and Data Requests

Welcome to the Denver Public Schools (DPS) Research Review Board! Our district is a leading urban district with a wide diversity of schools, staff, and students that warrants a robust research capacity. By collaborating with universities, foundations, the State of Colorado, and the U.S. Department of Education, DPS is poised to discover practices in leadership, teaching, and learning that advance student achievement within DPS, across the State of Colorado, and throughout the Nation. Research, however, is secondary to our goal of educating each and every student we serve, and is a privilege reserved to proposals that support the ambitious 2020 Denver Plan, avoid duplication of effort, and do not interfere with instruction or the efficient operation of DPS, or its schools.

The aim of the research request protocol is to maintain an open attitude toward cooperative and collaborative research that can improve district practices while ensuring that it will not interfere with classroom instruction and the efficient operation of the school district. DPS also welcomes opportunities to partner with research agencies, universities, educational programs, and other organizations to co-author research publications.

The administration of research programs in the Denver Public Schools is the responsibility of the Research Review Board (RRB). The RRB is facilitated by the Department of Accountability, Research and Evaluation. The responsibilities of the RRB include: (1) review of research proposals, (2) monitoring of projects, (3) coordination of research projects, and (4) dissemination of research findings to staff members.

We welcome your interest in the Denver Public Schools!

External Research Review Windows

All external data or research requests must be submitted to the RRB for approval within three windows before beginning the research project.  Requests submitted outside of these windows will not be considered.

  1. Window One occurs March 1st through March 31st.
  2. Window Two occurs September 1st through September 30th.
  3. Window Three occurs December 15th through January 15th.

District Priorities

The study must have the potential for making a definite contribution to the district’s six priority areas listed below. The connection to specific district strategies, including a detailed plan of how the research will be communicated to the relevant district staff, will be an essential component of a successful application. All these areas have student achievement as their overarching goals. Proposed research must reference, evaluate, and directly inform staff in the specific action areas outlined within each priority area.  Please click the link for more information regarding the DPS Priorities

  1. Great Schools in Every Neighborhood
  2. A Foundation for Success in School (Early Literacy; Birth to 8 Framework)
  3. Ready for College and Career (Successful Graduation; Successful Programs)
  4. Support for the Whole Child (Effectiveness of supports provided)
  5. Close the Opportunity Gap (Where have we seen success?)
  6. Ensure Great Teachers and Leaders (Differentiated Roles; Platooning)

General Information

External Request Flowchart – Who needs to submit an external research request?

DPS External Handbook – Provides further details regarding external research requests.

Fees

Data Handling Fee: DPS charges a $35 hourly fee for data handling exceeding 2 hours.


Guidelines for Submitting an External Research

Guidelines for submitting a Research Request

The guidelines for conducting research projects and pilot programs are as follows:

1.  All external data or research requests must be submitted to the Research Review Board for approval before beginning the research project.

2.  The study must have the potential for making a definite contribution to the following district’s primary research interests.  All these areas have student achievement as their overarching goals.

    • •  Great Schools in Every Neighborhood
    • •  A Foundation for Success in School (early literacy)
    • •  Ready for College & Career (graduation rate, college/career readiness)
    • •  Support for the Whole Child
    • •  Close the Opportunity Gap

Health-Related Studies

    • •  Physical Activity or Physical Education
    • •  Chronic Disease Management
    • •  Social-Emotional Wellness
    • •  Nutrition
    • •  Teenage Pregnancy Prevention
    • •  Safety
    • •  Health Services
    • •  Other Risk or Protective Factors

The study must be of value to the district.  Researcher should secure sponsorship from the DPS administration as part of the application process.

The study must be pedagogically sound.  Also, it must be feasible to carry out in terms of the amount of time involved, the numbers of teachers and students participating, and the possible expense to the district.  It must not impose undue burdens upon students, staff, or other resources such as DPS funds or volunteers.  There must be a reasonable certainty that no child in the Denver Public Schools will suffer educationally or otherwise as a result of the research.  The overall design of the study must be sound and have the potential for successful completion.

The study must protect the privacy of students and staff and ensure compliance with state and federal law.  The Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is based on the idea that information about an individual student is private and confidential and generally may only be accessed with parent consent. Active Consent is required for all research that collects primary data from students.

The policies and guidelines are not intended to discourage the development of creative projects, but are set forth to ensure the greatest benefit from the time and resources expended.

What You Need to Submit a Request
Research Request Application Checklist

Research Request Submission Components

Request to Conduct Research Coversheet

DPS Sponsor Statement of Support

Principal Consent Form

Time Requirement Form

Modification Coversheet

Checklist for Informed Consent Form

DPS External Research Handbook

Additionally if you will be using surveys, interview or any other instruments you will need to include a copy in your request.

Note: DPS is not a registered Institutional Review Board (IRB).  If you require official IRB approval, you will need to obtain this from a registered IRB.

Health Related Studies

Conducting Health-Related Research with Denver Public Schools

Health-Related Studies

For health-related studies such as:
•  Physical Activity or Physical Education
•  Chronic Disease Management
•  Social-Emotional Wellness
•  Nutrition
•  Teenage Pregnancy Prevention
•  Safety
•  Health Services
•  Other Risk or Protective Factors

Health-related studies are reviewed quarterly on the following days:
•  January 15
•  April 15
•  July 15
•  October 15

Please submit the application to Scott Romero at scott_romero@dpsk12.org.

Contact Us:

Accountability, Research & Evaluation Hotline – 720-423-3736

Email the Research Review Board – RRB@dpsk12.org

DPS Health Program and Research Review Committee – scott_romero@dpsk12.org