Conducting Research/Evaluations in Minneapolis Public Schools

Conducting Research/Evaluations in the Minneapolis Public Schools

Conducting Research/Evaluations in the Minneapolis Public Schools

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) partners with universities, foundations, research institutions, the State of Minnesota, and the U.S. Department of Education, to discover practices in education that advance student achievement. Research, however, is secondary to our goal of educating our students, and is a privilege reserved for proposals that:

  1. Support the ambitious Acceleration 2020 plan, with an emphasis on literacy, social-emotional learning, and student engagement
  2. Avoid duplication of effort, and
  3. Do not interfere with instruction or the efficient operation of MPS or its schools.

The procedures for conducting research in MPS outlined below are intended both to protect that primary responsibility and to give reasonable access to individuals, institutions, and organizations to conduct approved research projects. We welcome your interest in conducting research in MPS.

Research Priorities

In order to ensure that research efforts and partnerships are directed at current needs, MPS has created a Research Agenda. This Research Agenda is focused on supporting the goals of our strategic plan, Acceleration 2020, and identified Problems of Practice. Research conducted in MPS must be justified in terms of the anticipated benefit to the district, as well as the advancement of education knowledge, and must be related to solving critical district 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).  The Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Accountability (REAA) Department oversees the process in conjunction with the District General Counsel’s Office. All requests to conduct research, whether from a Minneapolis Public Schools employee or from anyone outside the District, are to be referred to the REAA Department.

General Information

Submitting an Application

To submit a research/evaluation proposal application:

  • Complete the requirements outlined in the Research Proposal Requirements section
  • Complete an Online Application
  • Submit the $150.00 processing fee (payable to Minneapolis Public Schools; cash is not accepted) to:                  

MPS Research Review Committee
                  Minneapolis Public Schools, REAA Department
                  1250 West Broadway
                  Minneapolis, MN  55411-2533

Fees apply to all requests for data.

Data Request fees:

  • Rates are as follows:  $85/hour for internal staff, $175/hours for outside researchers/evaluators.
  • No cash is accepted for any fee (application fees, fees for data runs, etc.).