The Fort Bend Independent School District and the Department of Innovation and Continuous Improvement supports high-quality research that addresses well-informed 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 confidential data, facilities, time involved for faculty and staff, and access to students. In order to conduct research in the District, a proposal must be submitted to and reviewed by the Fort Bend ISD’s Research Review Board. The Research Review Board meets monthly to review proposals.
External research proposals must demonstrate clear and direct educational value to the District and not just to the profession of education in general, be of minimal intrusion on instructional time and duty time of District employees. manifest a sound research methodology, and comply with current privacy laws. The potential direct benefit to Fort Bend ISD must outweigh demands on District resources, most importantly on student and staff time. Proposals must also align with Fort Bend ISD’s policies, teaching and learning guidelines and practices, and programs and services offered in the District.
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.
In order to address the issue of survey fatigue that is impacting survey response rates in Fort Bend ISD, please consider other options before proposing surveys as part of your proposal. If you have research questions that can be answered with existing Fort Bend ISD survey items, we are happy to consider sharing existing data. The Research Review Board will be very selective in accepting proposals that include surveys.
Researchers should submit their proposal at least 60 days in advance of the date they plan to begin research activities.
New Beginning Spring 2017: No new data collection will be approved to take place during the spring semester. New data collection includes surveys, interviews, focus groups, observations, and any other activities that involve student or staff interactions. If your research project requires data collection, please be sure to apply in time to conduct your research in the fall. We will accept applications that request data from existing records in the fall or spring semesters.
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