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Conduct Primary Research

Please Note:

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, all district schools are now closed through the remainder of 2019-2020 school year. As we continue to prioritize the health and safety of the students, staff, and communities we serve, the district will not be considering new proposals for primary or secondary research at this time.

For those with currently active research projects involving CPS, you are asked to cease all data collection involving our school students, staff, and/or communities for the time being. Schools cannot consider research-related inquiries at this time. Any questions regarding research at the district can be directed to We please ask for your patience during this time.

The Research Review Board (RRB)

The CPS RRB meets on a six week cycle to review external research proposals. RRB approval is required before researchers enter CPS schools and begin study activities. Although RRB approval is necessary to begin, school principals and administrators do have the final decision regarding any study activity; RRB approval does not override the wishes of school leadership and/or staff. The RRB is chaired by representatives from the CPS Research Team and is made up members from various Chicago Public Schools offices. Please do not submit proposals to the RRB if your study and/or request ONLY involves the use of secondary administrative data. Please see the RRB Guidelines for more information on the process and policy outlined below.

External Data Requests for Secondary Administrative Data

A full description of this process can be found within the RRB Guidelines. Our office responds to requests within 30 days. If approved, request fulfillment takes an additional 30 days. When you are ready to make your submission, please complete the External Data Request Form. Requests for student level data without active parental consent will be denied.Requests for de-identified student and/or staff level data will be considered, but please note that these requests are typically denied. To protect our students, CPS chooses to employ a strict definition of what is considered identifiable, as outlined in the Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA). This form is reserved for use by CPS partners working in collaboration with the district. That can include program providers seeking data for funding continuation or evaluating program implementation, or RRB approved researchers. This form IS NOT to be used by students, undergraduate, graduate or otherwise. If you submit this as a student, solely for the purposes of your education (excluding RRB approved graduate student researchers) the request will be denied.