External research requests are currently open through October 15th. All external data or research requests must be submitted to the RRB for approval by October 15th.  The next window for requests is January 15th through February 15th.  Requests submitted outside of these windows will not be considered.

Conducting Research with Denver Public Schools

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 partnering 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 our students, and is a privilege reserved for proposals that

1) support the ambitious 2020 Denver Plan,

2) avoid duplication of effort, and

3) do not interfere with instruction or the efficient operation of DPS or its schools.

We welcome your interest in Denver Public Schools.

Research Priorities

Research proposals associated with the following topics will be given priority in DPS:
•  Great Schools in Every Neighborhood
•  Foundation for Success in School (3rd grade literacy)
•  Ready for College & Career (graduation rate, college/career readiness)
•  Support for the Whole Child

  • Other aspects of Support for the Whole Child will be defined by 2015. Research proposal are welcome at that time.
  • Health Related Studies (see toggle below for information on health related studies)

  •  Close the Opportunity Gap (3rd grade literacy and graduation rate for African American and Latino students)

General Information

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

DPS External Research Handbook – Detailed Procedures for Requesting Data or Conducting Research in the Denver Public Schools (includes blank required documents).

Data handling fees: Denver Public Schools charge a $35 hourly fee for data handling


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
    •  Foundation for Success in School (3rd grade literacy)
    •  Ready for College & Career (graduation rate, college/career readiness)
    •  Support for the Whole Child

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

  • Other aspects of Support for the Whole Child will be defined by 2015. Research proposal are welcome at that time.

•  Close the Opportunity Gap (3rd grade literacy and graduation rate for African American and Latino students)

  • 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 Submission Components

Checklist for Informed Consent Form

External Request Flowchart

Sponsor Statement of Support

Time Requirement Form

Request to Conduct Research Coversheet

Principal Consent Form

Modification Coversheet

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