Research/Evaluation Proposal Requirements

Research/Evaluation Proposal Requirements

Research/Evaluation Proposal Requirements
  1. A brief proposal (maximum six pages, double-spaced, numbered pages) describing the study, including all of the following:
    1. Purpose of the research, including a description of its value to the Minneapolis Public Schools
    2. Theoretical background including references, where appropriate – not a full literature review (This should be written for a cross-disciplinary, general audience.)
    3. Description of the study, which must include the following:
      1. Hypotheses or specific research questions to be addressed
      2. Specifics of the sample – who, when, how many, which site(s), etc.
      3. Description of the tasks students or staff members will be asked to complete
      4. Time demands on students, teachers, or other district employees
      5. Data collection methodologies you will use to answer your research questions
      6. Samples of all data collection instruments (e.g., survey questions, observation forms and rubrics, interview questions, assessments and scoring information). (Samples of data collection instruments do not count toward the six-page maximum.

             To address the study description and data analysis plan, all applications must include a Research Design Table with the following information:

Research/Evaluation Question(s)

Data Collection Instrument(s)

Sampling and Data Collection Methodologies

Time Demand on Research Subjects

Proposed Analyses






  1. Description of the procedures you will use to secure and acknowledge informed consent of all participants, including active or passive consent. If you are proposing to use passive consent, please provide a rationale.
    1. Outline how subjects will be identified and the criteria used for recruitment, who will make the initial contact         with subjects, and whether or not inducements will be used to secure participation.
    2. Attach consent forms for study participants (e.g., parental consent forms,* student assent forms, teacher consent forms). Consent forms do not count toward the six-page maximum.
    3. If the study is likely to involve second-language students, the parental consent letters must also be translated into Hmong, Spanish, and Somali before the study can proceed. Copies of translated consent forms must be submitted to the MPS Research Review Committee; however, we recommend waiting to translate consent forms until all consent forms have been approved by the Committee.
    4. Researchers should retain all consent/assent forms and must be prepared to make them available to the building principal or to a district official.
    5. If you plan on video-recording students as part of the study, please see the section entitled Information on Videorecording.*
    6. If your research could be considered “sensitive” in nature, please see the section entitled Information on Studies Involving Sensitive Material.*
  2. List all funding sources and budget for your study.
  3. Please indicate whether you will be making a data request from REAA for this study. If so, you must complete a Data Confidentiality Agreement.* Reminder: all data requests must be associated with an already-approved research study or be accompanied by a proposal to conduct research.
  4. (NEW) Outline of your dissemination plan. Provide a 1-2 paragraph summary of your plans to disseminate your research results, both internally to appropriate MPS staff and externally.
  5. A copy of IRB application. Provide IRB approval letter or statement that IRB approval is pending MPS approval. (IRB application and/or letter do not count toward the six-page maximum.)
Information on Video-recording

Researchers must make a reasonable case for how videotaping is important to the research.  Any research that will use videotaping must obtain ACTIVE parental consent.

Information on Studies Involving Sensitive Material

The following must be addressed if you will be conducting research about information of a sensitive or risky nature (e.g., drug use, sexual activity, bullying behavior).