DeKalb County School District

Research and Evaluation

Pertinent Documents

.pdf link icon information & instructions for conducting research [ ]
.doc link icon research process flow chart [ ]
.doc link icon local school research application [ ]
.doc link icon local school research application - principals guidance [ ]
.doc link icon institutional review board research application [ ]
.pdf link icon institutional review board research standards [ ]
.doc link icon institutional review board evaluation rubric [ ]
.doc link icon requirements for letter of institutional endorsement [ ]
.doc link icon letter of informed consent - sample [ ]
.pdf link icon research proposal submission calendar [ ]
.pdf link icon dekalb county school district Research Interests [ ]
.pdf link icon letter of informed consent checklist [ ]

Research Proposal Guidelines & Process

(new for 2013—2014 school year)

The new research proposal process has two tracks for conducting research in DeKalb County School District:

Local School Research Projects
– for DCSD employees who plan to conduct research that only involves data collection at the employee's place of employment (school). This process requires principal's approval only. This application track may not be used for doctoral dissertations. Local school research project proposals are usually requirements for Master's or Specialist classes.
Institutional Review Board Research
– for all prospective researchers conducting research for a doctoral dissertation, research involving data collection at a school that is not the employee's place of employment, or research at multiple sites. All central office employees and those who are not DCSD employees will use this application process.

Process Flow Chart

Local School Research

1. Researcher submits application w/attachments to the principal.

2. Principal reviews and approves or denies the proposal.

3. If approved, the researcher submits copy of signed application w/attachments to DCSD Department of Research, Assessments, and Grants (RAG) for documentation purposes.

4. RAG receives, reads, and files applications w/attachments for documentation.

5. Researcher forwards a copy of completed research project. RAG reads and files a copy of the completed study.

Institutional Review Board Research

1. University official submits application w/attachments to DCSD. Applications may also be submitted by government agencies or research institutes.

2. The Department of Research, Assessments, and Grants (RAG) staff reviews the application w/ attachments (first screening).

3. Institutional Review Board (IRB) research proposal is accepted for review or denied review. IRB sends letter to the researcher if the review is denied.

4. IRB reviews the proposal:
IRB rubric | IRB comment form

5. Unanimous decision of the IRB committee is required for approval or denial of proposal. IRB sends letter of approval/denial to the researcher.

6. Researcher secures permission from the principal(s) to conduct the research at the school site(s).

7. Researcher submits a copy of the completed study to RAG.

Research Proposal Submission Calendar

Review Month Submission Deadline
Decision Letter
(approximate date)
August 2013 July 29, 2013 September 6, 2013
September 2013 August 26, 2013 October 4, 2013
October 2013 September 30, 2013 November 1, 2013
November 2013 October 28, 2013 December 6, 2013
December 2013 November 25, 2013 January 3, 2014
January 2014 January 10, 2014 February 7, 2014
February 2014 January 27, 2014 March 7, 2014
March 2014 February 24, 2014 April 4, 2014
April 2014 March 31, 2014 May 2, 2014
May 2014 April 28, 2014 June 6, 2014
June 2014 May 27, 2014 July 3, 2014
July 2014 June 30, 2014 August 1, 2014