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.