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Research Proposals

Cincinnati Public Schools receives many requests to supply information, or to participate in research studies, from individuals or agencies inside and outside the district. Therefore, it's necessary to limit the amount of research permitted so as not to disrupt students' educations.

Researchers, including CPS staff, must receive approval prior to initiating research.

Exemptions (groups that do not have to submit research proposals):

  • Staff members conducting research for classroom/school use only
  • Community members requesting aggregated student information already in the public domain

Research conducted within Cincinnati Public Schools will be limited to studies that provide information of benefit to CPS. At minimum, all research conducted within the district is expected to benefit students. Benefits must be tangible. Specifically, a research application must have a direct connection to the CPS educational objective of preparing students for life. Applications will be denied if a researcher does not make a clear case for how their research study or program evaluation will improve teaching and learning practices, and/or result in positive educational outcomes for students.

To be acceptable, a project must directly align with at least one of the following research focus areas:

  •  Improving the effectiveness of Community Learning Centers and after-school programs
  •  Implementation of CPS' My Tomorrow initiative and its impact on college and career readiness
  •  Developing curriculum that more closely aligns to the new Ohio Learning Standards
  •  Developing personalized learning supports and opportunities to advance instructional practice (i.e., Universal Design for Instruction)
  •  Advancement and improvement in differentiated instruction for general, special, gifted and ELL (English Language Learners) education
  •  Implementation of the Ohio Third Grade Reading Guarantee components and its impact on early childhood literacy
  •  Improving educational outcomes through the selection and retention of high-performing principals and teachers

Research Proposal Process

The research proposal process involves two steps: 1) Submission of a Research Application; if the application is approved, 2) submission of a Research Proposal.

 CPS will consider research applications during the following periods:

  • Fall Quarter Submission – July 15 through August 15, for study or evaluation beginning September 1 through October 30
  • Winter Quarter Submission – November 1 through December 1, for study or evaluation beginning January 1 through February 28
  • Summer Submission – April 16 through May 15, for study or evaluation beginning June 1 through June 30

 Research Proposal Documents

Research Proposal Review (updated June 2016)
Research Agenda Requirements
CPS Data-sharing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) (Revised November 2017) - To fill out form online, it must be downloaded and saved first.
Research Application — Available April 16 - May 15, 2018

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