Research in SPPS
The REA Department manages all requests to conduct research within Saint Paul Public Schools. We prioritize the privacy of all student data and the interests of students and staff when evaluating any proposal.
Purpose: To give reasonable access to individuals, institutions and organizations to conduct approved research projects in SPPS schools, while protecting and contributing to the district’s primary responsibility of providing a premier education for all.
Procedure: Start by reading our FAQ's Page and reviewing thoroughly the documentation in the right sidebar. The Guidelines document explains our process and priorities in evaluating outside research requests. The Checklist document walks you through the required elements of your proposal. The Cover Sheet document is a fillable PDF, which should be filled out with all applicable information and necessary signatures (digital signatures or handwritten signatures are acceptable). The Data Needs form tells us what data you would like and how you will collect them. We also recommend browsing our Data Center to see if the data you need are already publicly available.
Effective September 1, 2017: The REA Research Committee will be changing its approval timeline. We will review proposals on a biannual basis following the schedule below. Any submissions received outside of these windows will be rolled over into the next. Please plan accordingly when considering timing for your research project.
Research Approval Timeline For research beginning in: Submission Window: Decision by: September through January May-July mid-August February through August November-December mid-January
Research Proposal Guidelines
Read this document first.
Research Proposal Checklist
Everything you need to submit.
Research Proposal Coversheet
Required with your application.
Data Needs Google Form
Request data needed for research.
SPPS Policy on Student Surveys
Survey consent and privacy rules.
For all questions and submissions, please contact Andrew Crichton at email@example.com or