External Evaluation & Research Requests

Evaluation & Research at MPS

Evaluation & Research at MPS

In order to ensure that research efforts and partnerships are directed at current needs, MPS has created a Research Agenda to support the goals of our strategic plan, Acceleration 2020, and identified Problems of Practice.

Research conducted within MPS is governed by MPS Policy 1730 (Academic Research) and Regulation 1730A (Responsibility, Definitions and Procedures for Research Approval).

Research/Evaluation Requiring Approval 

Approval from the MPS Research Review Committee is required before beginning any research program that involves district staff, students, facilities, or functions in:

  • The collection of data from students, parents, teachers, administrators, or other professional staff;
  • Observations, surveys, focus groups, or individual interviews involving any of the above persons;
  • The release of private data from district records.

Please note that all data requests must be associated with an already-approved research study or be accompanied by an application for research.

General Information

  • Please review this link before submitting an application.  Information on proposal requirements, elements needed, etc. are explained.

Social Emotional Learning Data/Research

In order to protect the fidelity of district SEL implementation, MPS is currently not approving any research or program evaluations focusing on social-emotional learning.  In 2016, MPS partnered with CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning) to pilot a SEL program and evaluation at several MPS sites.  Our SEL cohort sites expand each year, with full implementation by 2021. Aggregate SEL student data can be found here.