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    PLEASE READ: Please note that, for the 2020-21 school year, the Research Review Committee will closely examine any projects that involve data collection from students, staff, and/or families and will approve only those projects that meet the following criteria:

    1. The study’s data collection strategy (including sampling, methodology, and timelines) accounts for remote learning environments;
    2. The study outlines the possible threats to validity from remote learning environments, as well as plans to mitigate these threats; and
    3. The study has a clear link to the district’s Strategic Plan.

    Research Review

    In accordance with district policy, Seattle Public Schools has implemented a rigorous research review process for all individuals and organizations interested in conducting research with Seattle Public School staff (including administrators, school leaders, and teachers) and students. The review process screens applications for:

    • Relevance to SPS strategic initiatives and goals
    • Rigor of research methodology
    • Risks/benefits to schools and study participants
    • Burden to the district, schools, and study participants

    Below is a list of additional resources that our office provides to applicants. We strongly urge you to read the research review guidelines thoroughly, as it answers many questions you may have around the research review process, timelines, and requirements.

    Resources and Forms

    Research Review Guidelines

    Application to Conduct Research in the Seattle Public Schools

    Amendment Form (for currently approved projects)

    **Note: Please email for a Microsoft Word version of the application or amendment forms**