Thank you for your interest in conducting research in Fort Bend ISD. The FBISD Research Review Board has adjusted its normal research operations through at least May 30, 2020 as the FBISD family, community and nation respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you submitted an application prior to March 20, 2020 you will receive communication regarding your study on or after May 30, 2020.
For all new research applicants, we plan on resuming normal review board operations in July beginning with our regularly scheduled monthly Review Board Meeting on July 17, 2020. Please review this site for further details on application submission and requirement guidelines.
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.
To view or request existing data the District normally collects and has readily available, please submit a Public Information Request.
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.