Conducting Research

 

assessment researchAs educators, we support high-quality research that would advance the field of education.  At the same time, we must remain cognizant of our primary responsibility to the students, parents and staff whom we serve within Irvine Unified School District. 

Anyone wishing to conduct research in IUSD must first submit the application found below.  This application and any relevant study materials will be reviewed by the IUSD Research Committee, which will make a recommendation to approve or deny each request based on the priorities listed in the Considerations for Approval section below.   The value of time and resources required by any proposal will be weighed against the value of the anticipated benefits of the research studies proposed. 

If a study is approved by the Research Committee, researchers may then contact district or site administrators to solicit their participation.  While Research Commitee approval is required prior to beginning any research in IUSD,  each administrator has the authority to accept or respectfully decline participation based on the unique interests of their department or site.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND RESOURCES

Application to Conduct Research

Complete this application in its entirety and mail or email all required documents to:

Attn: IUSD Research Committee
Data and Assessment Department
Irvine Unified School District

5050 Barranca Parkway
Irvine, CA 92604

Nicole Reynolds
NicoleReynolds@iusd.org
Phone: (949) 936 - 5080

Submission Deadlines and Notification Dates

A request for approval to conduct a research study or survey, with the exception of those mandated by law, shall be submitted to the District Research Committee by the following due dates.  Please note that the Committee cannot accept late submissions.  The requestor will be notified of the Committee's decision via email on or before the notification dates listed below.

 

If a request will require extensive data compilation, extraction, or programming to produce the record, the requestor shall bear the cost.  The estimated cost will be provided along with the notice of approval to conduct the research.

 

Proposal Submission Deadlines:

Notification Dates:
  • September 6, 2019
  • November 26, 2019
  • January 31, 2020
  • April 3, 2020
  • September 27, 2019
  • December 20, 2019
  • February 21, 2020
  • April 24, 2020

Considerations for Approval

The following criteria will be used when considering any requests to conduct research in IUSD:

  1. Significance to the field of education
  2. Clear and immediate benefit to district/school
  3. Alignment with district or school priorities: Strategic Initiatives and Continuous Improvement Efforts
  4. Time commitment for district or school personnel
  5. Minimal to no interruptions to instructional time
  6. Adherence to district policies and procedures regarding data privacy and security
  7. Sensitivity of information collected
  8. Adherence to district policies and procedures regarding consent

 

Frequently Asked Questions

I'd like to submit a research request.  What's the process?

Anyone wishing to conduct research in IUSD must first submit the application found above.  This application and any relevant study materials will be reviewed by the IUSD Research Committee, which will make a recommendation to approve or deny each request based on the priorities listed in the Considerations for Approval section above.   The value of time and resources required by any proposal will be weighed against the value of the anticipated benefits of the research studies proposed.  If a study is approved by the Research Committee, researchers may then contact district or site administrators to solicit their participation.  While Research Commitee approval is required prior to beginning any research in IUSD,  each administrator has the authority to accept or respectfully decline participation based on the unique interests of their department or site.

 

I'm on a tight timeline.  Can you expedite the review process?

Unfortunately, due to the number of submissions we receive and the nature of our committee review process we are unable to accommodate expedited requests.

 

Am I required to use the sample IUSD Consent Forms?

The IUSD consent forms are sample templates for researchers to use that comply with our district consent guidelines.  Researchers are not required to use these forms.  If you have already developed another consent form, the Committee will review your consent form during the review process and provide any feedback.

 

What do I do if my university won't grant me IRB approval until I have district participation?

You can submit your application with the note that you will be receiving final IRB approval at a later date.  If the study is approved by the IUSD Research Committee, the study will be placed on conditional approval until final IRB approval is received.

 

If an application is not accepted, will notes/feedback be provided in terms of what is needed in order to get approval?

The Committee makes the determination to approve or deny a study based on our priorities listed above.  Whenever a study is denied (or approved with conditions), we will include the reasons or conditions in our response.  If your study is approved with conditions, as long as you comply with the conditions you are free to move forward with your research.  If your study is denied, it could be for a plethora of reasons (for example, taking away too much instructional time, or asking for sensitive student information).  

 

My study was denied.  Can I re-submit my proposal?

Yes, you can re-submit your proposal during a later submission window.  You will need to address the reasons your original submission was denied in your new proposal.  Please keep in mind that re-submitting an application does not guarantee the study will be approved, even if you address the concerns raised in the original submission.