Research and Evaluation

Important Message:

All applications for research to be conducted in the 2016-17 school year were due on January 31, 2017.  We are no longer be taking applications for research to be completed in SY2016-17. 

At this time, we are in the process of revising the BPS research proposal requirements and application process for SY2017-18.  For this reason, the online application is not available at this time, but will be made available on June 1, 2017 for all researchers interested in conducting research in the coming school year.  Please be advised that the BPS research application requirements and process linked here should serve as an general guide for what is required in future research applications.  However, some changes will be made to the policy and guidelines for conducting research in BPS. 

The following  are the submission and review windows for research applications starting after June 1, 2017:

June 1 - July 31, 2017 - Application Window Open

August 1 - September 30, 2017 - Processing Applications

October 1 - November 30, 2017 - Application Window Open

 ***   November 30, 2017 is the deadline for any research that will be conducted in SY2017-18


Policy and Guidelines for Conducting Educational Research in the Boston Public Schools


The basic purpose of the Boston Public Schools (BPS) is to educate children. All other objectives, however worthy, are only secondary to this goal. It’s the policy of the school system, therefore, to authorize only those research projects that could be of benefit to the BPS when a review shows that that the subject area being studied is aligned with the goals of improved teaching and learning while not unduly taking away from instructional time and BPS resources. Approval by the researcher’s IRB and/or the building administrators of BPS schools does NOT guarantee approval by the Office of Data and Accountability (ODA).

All research activities must be coordinated through the Office of Data and Accountability. In some instances approval is not required for the use of data and summary statistics available in public records such as on the BPS Website, in published paper and electronic reports, and hard-copy listings of aggregated student and staff data. In these instances, the researcher may use the data presented in the reports as long as the sources is cited and any modifications or analysis done by the researcher is clearly delineated.

Who May Conduct Research

Any academic or professional organization or any individual doing doctoral work may submit a proposal to conduct research. Doctoral candidates must submit written evidence that their proposed research has been approved by their University’s IRB and will be supervised by their advisor(s).