Conducting Research in Irving ISD
Irving ISD supports high quality research that addresses well-formed research questions of educational importance. At the same time, the district has moral and legal obligations that require oversight of research activities that make use of district resources such as data, facilities, employee time, or access to students.
In order to conduct research in Irving ISD, the research request application must be completed online. All requests will be reviewed by a committee that draws on the expertise of district researchers and program evaluators, as well as the professional knowledge of staff from the departments of Teaching and Learning, Student Services, School Leadership, and Legal Services, among others. Please note that reviews can take up to 4-6 weeks.
External research request applications must demonstrate clear and direct educational value to the district and not just to the profession of education in general, be minimally disruptive to the educational process, manifest a sound research methodology, and comply with current privacy laws. The potential direct benefit to Irving ISD must outweigh demands on district resources, particularly on staff and student time. Irving ISD strongly encourages and gives priority to external research projects that contribute to or complement the district's research agenda and strategic plan.
Please note: the District will not collect data on behalf of a researcher or research organization. If you are planning a research study or evaluation that will use existing district data, you must develop and complete a Data Sharing Agreement (DSA) after your research application has been approved at the district level. The DSA must be reviewed by legal and signed by the District. School or network staff cannot and will not provide data to external researchers without a signed DSA.
We strongly encourage researchers to first explore the school-level data already publicly available. Researchers wishing to use publicly available data do not need to submit a research application to the district.
Timeline to Submit Research Request
The window to submit external research requests for the Fall semester of the 2020-21 school year is closed. The external application process for the Spring semester will re-open in January.
Any individual from an external organization interested in conducting research must submit a research request during the designated windows below. No exceptions will be made.
External Research Windows to Submit Research Application:
Research can only be conducted during the following windows until the end of the school year:
Fall 2021 Semester
To conduct research during Sept 13th, 2021 to Dec 10th, 2021
Fall Research Requests must be submitted by: September 24th, 2021
Spring 2022 Semester
To conduct research during Jan 10th, 2022 to Apr 29th, 2022
Spring Research Requests must be submitted by: February 4th, 2022
Please note: if district approval is obtained at the begining of the year, research may be conducted until April 29th, 2022.