Applying to Conduct Research in Alachua County Public Schools

  • The Office of Evaluation, Accountability, and Analytics is responsible for overseeing all progress monitoring tools, staff evaluation models, program evaluation, and student records management. This includes our focuses on controlling the research activities of other agencies within the schools, on the possible effects of policy change on the community and schools, and on the evaluation of wide-scale instructional program implementation.

    All research conducted by other agencies in the public schools and/or focusing on public school students must be reviewed and approved by the school district's internal review board. The board maintains a process for reviewing, approving, monitoring, and coordinating all research proposals. Whenever possible, the board attempts to shield the schools from unnecessary intrusion by placing limits on research projects and/or by providing existing data from within the department.

    All research must be conducted in compliance with School Board of Alachua County Policy 2605.

    Follow this procedure to apply for doing research on the Alachua County Public School system. NOTE: You must complete and submit one set of requirements for each school in which you plan to do research.  

    • Download and complete one copy of the Application for Research in Alachua County Public Schools.

    • Attach a copy of your Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval form. Attach a brief description of your research protocol.

    • Attach copies of all your data-gathering instruments and/or a detailed description of the data required.

    • Submit all the above materials to the Office of Evaluation, Accountability, and Analytics for initial approval. The office is located in the West Wing of the School Board Administration building at 620 East University Avenue in Gainesville.

    • Approved applications will be forwarded to the principal of the school for approval.

    • The applicant will be notified by the Research Department once all approvals have been made.