Durham Public Schools understands the importance of education research. We want to ensure that research projects in DPS supports teaching and learning, yet minimizes classroom disruption. Research projects must align with the district and Board of Education goals.

Researchers must secure district approval before they begin a research project in Durham Public Schools. We have an application process that must be completed, and all documents and associated fees must submitted by one of the dates listed below. We have created a set of Guiding Principles, Research Standards, and Frequently Asked Questions to assist researchers in completing their application materials.

If you are a researcher affiliated with Duke University, the Center for Child and Family Policy has a school liaison team that you must contact prior to submitting your research proposal.  They will provide guidance regarding your research and the DPS review process.  Please contact Leslie Babisnski, Director of the School Research Project, at or 919.613.9296.  Undergraduates at Duke must also contact Dr. Babinksi prior to beginning their application to become familiar with special requirements of student researchers.

Durham Public Schools encourages researchers to submit their proposal as far in advance of their intended start date as possible to ensure that the review and approval process can be completed in a timely manner.

Please note that Durham Public Schools does not advertise or recruit participants for studies that have not been approved through the Research Process.

Intended Start of Research

Submission Deadline

Tentative Proposal Decision

On or after August 15, 2017

July 14, 2017

August 2, 2017

On or after November 1, 2016

October 2, 2017

October 25, 2017

On or after March 1, 2018

January 22, 2018

February 16, 2018

On or after June 11, 2018

April 16, 2018

May 11, 2018


All research must be completed by April 30, 2018. Research projects that are submitted for the April 16 deadline for research that begins on or after June 11, 2018 must be completed by April 30, 2018.

All research projects that require multiple years of data require annual submission and approval.