Research Application Form. Federal and state agencies, institutes of higher education, and individuals seeking to conduct research in Granite School District must have their research approved by the Granite School District Research Committee. Complete and submit the above form to have your research proposal reviewed.
Granite School District Research Committee. The Granite District Research Committee reviews applications for educational studies. The committee consists of representatives from the Department of Organizational Development (Research and Evaluation), Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Department of Educational Equity, Department of College and Career Readiness, Department of Educational Technology, the Department of Special Education, and other District Departments depending on the scope of research represented in the proposed research.
Committee members will recommend District participation in projects which: (a) have a sound experimental design and have all required materials; (b) will benefit education in the District; (c) will not unreasonably disrupt instructional or administrative time, nor violate other law or policy; (d) will not intrude on the privacy of District patrons or personnel; (e) agree to provide the District with the results of the research and allow the District to publish the results in whole or in part on publicly accessible platform(s), (f) will allow the District to obtain feedback from research participants concerning their satisfaction with their participation or their experiences in the research.
Granite District will not approve applications which seek to: (a) study domains extraneous to the improvement of quality teaching and student learning; (b) conduct market research which doesn’t correlate with the long-range objectives of the Board of Education; (c) conduct longitudinal research which requires tracking student placement and data from year to year; (d) recruit students and/or employees for research unrelated to district priorities, interests, or programs.
Research Application Review Process: Completed applications are first reviewed by the Director of Organizational Development (the Chair of the Research Committee) to determine if the application is complete, that the proposed research is appropriate, and that it is built upon a sound research design, methodology, and instrumentation. If the research meets these conditions the review process will follow one of two paths:
a) First Path. If the research is being conducted solely by a Granite School District teacher, specialist, or administrator, is simple in design and scope (e.g., Capstone project), is limited to the teachers classroom or school, and the researcher has their principal’s or supervisor’s approval, the research may be approved by the Research Committee Chair. However, if the Chair has concerns with the research or feels that additional perspectives are necessary, the research application will follow the ‘Second Path’.
b) Second Path. If the research is complex in design and/or scope, or involves multiple teachers, classrooms, or schools, or is being conducted by any person(s) not affiliated with Granite School District, the Chair will forward the research application to the director(s) of the district departments with whom the research most closely aligns. Together with their specialists, the director(s) provide their recommendations for the proposed research.
Applicants will receive email notification of the committees decision along with any conditions or recommendations. The review process is normally completed within 3-5 days if it follows the first path or 1-4 weeks if it follows the second path beginning when the research application is first received.
PLEASE NOTE: District approval informs our school leadership and potential participants that your research methodology and research design have scientific merit, and that the focus of your research supports district research interests. However, district approval neither requires nor implies participation of Granite staff, employees, students, or stakeholders in your research. Rather, upon district approval and prior to conducting your research, you must obtain the active written consent of the principal from whose school you are seeking or recruiting participants as well as the written active consent of all potential participants and their legal guardians.
A summary of the research proposals submitted, their current status, and available results are summarized: