​Research Requests

CCSD has a formal process for applying to do research within our district.

How is research definedResearch is defined as:

  • any data collection to be conducted from or about CCSD students, staff, or parents, 

  • OR 

  • any analyses of internal or external databases containing CCSD student, staff, or school data. 

The following activities are not considered research:

  • Observations or class visitations by university students or by individuals in such classes that are not covered by these procedures when no data collection is involved. Contacts regarding these visits should be made with the Associate Superintendent at 720.554.4316. 

  • Piloting of curricular/instructional materials or techniques where no data collection for external purposes occurs. Contacts should be made with the Assistant Superintendent for Performance Improvement at 720.554.5585.

What does “External research” mean?   External research studies are those:

  • Initiated by an outside agency or agent to be conducted in the school district; or

  • Initiated by a CCSD staff person as an individual for purposes beyond his or her job role (e.g., thesis, course requirements, dissertation).

Internal research studies are those:

  • Initiated by a District or school staff member on behalf of a school or the District, as part of a school or District research or program evaluation agenda.

With whom does initial contact occur?

The first contact regarding external research should be with the Office of Assessment and Evaluation, rather than directly with school staff, principals, or individual staff members.

What are the purposes of these procedures?

Purposes for District research and evaluation guidelines:

  • To protect student and staff time from unauthorized or excessive data collection (and thereby protect instructional time).

  • To review the request in light of current Federal and State privacy regulations and statutes, as well as professional and ethical research practices (and thereby protect students and staff from unintended negative consequences from research conducted in areas that have potential to be politically, emotionally, racially, and/or socially sensitive).

  • To ensure that the research is of high quality and supports District goals and action steps (and thereby improves educational practices and benefits education in Cherry Creek Schools).

How do I apply to do research in CCSD?                            

To apply to complete a research project at CCSD, please do the following: 


Submit the proposal electronically to:


If data will be collected about or from individual students, both student active consent and parental permission are required in most cases. Copies of consent and permission letters should be attached to the application. These letters should permit the parent and the student to give or decline full and informed permission and consent. Permission/consent letters must include the following:

  • Invitation to participate in the study, including the name of the primary researcher, title of study, and any other institution supporting the research.

  • Purpose of the study, including explanation of the major question(s) of interest.

  • Description of the procedure, including what the student will be asked to do and/or the kinds of questions students will be asked to think about.

  • Explanation of confidentiality, including description of how all information submitted by students will be kept confidential.

  • The following is a required statement on any parent consent form. "To the extent we are able, within the requirements of applicable laws and/or the Board of Education policies, all information gathered in this research will be kept confidential."

  • Explanation that participation is voluntary.

  • If applicable, explain how students will be compensated.

  • Explanation of potential risks and benefits. List of contacts for questions and concerns.

  • The permission letter must be signed and dated by the parent/guardian.

  • The authorization of the child (by name) who has permission to participate and the school of attendance (by name) for the child.


What are timelines for submitting research requests and for receiving approval? 

Timelines for submitting research requests, receiving approval, and implementing research are as follows:

  • Requests will be accepted and reviewed during the time period October 1 through April 15 of the school year.  Requests received after April 15 will be included in the next review cycle in the following school year.

  • Please note that all requests to do research in the current school year must be submitted prior to Thanksgiving break of that year.

  • Except by special arrangement, no research studies will be approved that involve data collection activities in the schools before October 1 or after April 15.

  • Because of the multiplicity of commitments of the Assessment & Evaluation Office, the review of requests can take between 4-12 weeks, depending on the complexity of the project and the number of CCSD administrators (outside of the Office of Assessment and Evaluation) needed to adequately review the proposal. Priority is given to research that supports our Unified Improvement Plan. Also, the approval process can proceed most quickly when your research application follows guidelines as set forth in the CCSD Research Guide.


More details regarding Research Requests are available in the 

Research Request Form.




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