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Conducting Research in the SCDSB     

The SCDSB's guidelines for conducting research that involves SCDSB schools, staff, students or parents are found below, or view the guidelines as a PDF.

In order to allow access to the schools while safeguarding the educational process, applications for conducting research are evaluated by the Educational Research Advisory Committee. The Committee considers all applications carefully using a number of criteria outlined on our Educational Research Advisory Committee Guidelines page.

Please note that even if the External Research Review Committee approves a project, this does not automatically guarantee access to a particular school. The school principal must also be willing to accommodate the study in his/her school.

Who may apply?

Applications are accepted from:
  • Masters thesis candidates;
  • Doctoral thesis candidates;
  • Institutionally funded projects; and
  • Externally funded projects.
    NOTE: The External Research Review Committee gives low priority to undergraduate projects.
If you are a teacher with the SCDSB, please log in to the staff website and follow the instructions for internal research. ​

How to apply 
  • Obtain approval from sponsoring agency or institution representative.
  • Obtain approval from the Ethics Review Board of sponsoring agency or institution.
  • Complete the SCDSB application form to do research or evaluation.
  • Submit a PDF file of the completed application package to​. You should receive an email confirming receipt of your package within two (2) business days.

What to submit

Materials to be submitted must include:
  • the completed board application form;
  • a complete written proposal;
  • advanced copies of all data collection instruments/protocols;
  • evidence of ethical approval of the external institution or sponsoring agency; and
  • certification of a Criminal Records Background Check for any person who will have direct involvement with students.
The application should include a reasonable timeline and should avoid peak times of the year and formal examination periods.

Proposals should include satisfactory evidence that the rights and well-being of individuals will be protected.

Additional Forms