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School University Research Relations

COVID-19 Update

  • Local schools districts are planning to allow research activities, in a somewhat limited capacity and barring future COVID outbreaks or school closures, in the 2021-2022 school year. Preference will be given to research projects that do not require classroom access or significant time spend in school buildings. 
  • Chicago Public Schools will only review new and ongoing research projects that have been explicitly flagged as high-priority by school and district leaders. For more information please follow this link.

Research Approval Process:

Please fill out the online collaboration request form to submit a research study for approval. The information you include in this form will go directly to any school districts with which you would like to collaborate. Please include as much detail on this form as possible. 

All projects must have obtained Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval before data collection can begin. You may submit a research study for school district approval prior to obtaining IRB approval. Please include with your research request submission:

  • Any consent letters and questionnaires you plan to use in your research and / or flyers for recruitment
  • A copy of your IRB application and approval (if already approved)

Please visit the Office for the Protection of Human Subjects website for more information.

Questions? Please contact us by email at:

Research Requests are sent to partnering school districts on the first and third Fridays of each month. Research requests that are submitted in the interim will be held until the next submission date. Response times vary by district.

For Assistance:

We invite you to contact Dr. Raya Hegeman-Davis, School University Research Relations Coordinator.

Email address:

Alternatives to School-Based Research

If you are unable to complete research with a school partner, here are some available online education data sets:

School district personnel are cordially invited to direct researcher inquiries to us for information and assistance, by sharing a link to this page.