Granite District Research Request Committee

The Granite District Research Request Committee reviews applications for educational studies. The committee consists of representatives from the Department of Organizational Development, 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; will benefit education in the District;

(b)  will not unreasonably disrupt instructional or administrative time, nor violate other law or policy;

(c)  will not intrude on the privacy of District patrons or personnel;

(d)  agree to provide the District with the results of the survey or research prior to any release of publication;

(e)  will allow consultants, with committee approval, to request that      students be asked to complete a brief feedback survey indicating how  well the material/program was presented.  Note: use of an instrument  which could intrude upon the privacy of  student/family opinion about presented materials, or any other personal matters, is not allowed.

 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 proposed research is scientifically sound and that all required materials are available for review.  If approved, the Chair submits the proposed research to the Director(s) on the District Departments with whom the research most closely aligns.  Together with their specialists, the Director(s) either recommend the proposed research to be conducted or deny the proposed research.  If approved, a Research Acceptance Letter is emailed to the person(s) who submitted the research proposal.  Conditions of conducting the research are summarized in the letter.  If the research is denied, a Research Denial letter is sent to the research applicant(s).  Normally, the review process is completed within a 4 week window beginning when the research application was received.

In order to be reviewed by the Research Committee, an applicant must submit the following items: completed Application for Permission to Conduct Research Study (complete the online form below); IRB approval from sponsoring institution (required before the district will officially approve the study; however, some sponsoring institutions delay IRB approval until they see evidence that the district supports the study–please attach if available); any survey or research instruments to be used; all parent, student, and teacher consent forms.

The Granite Way School Improvement Process Hierarchy:

“The Granite Way” refers to five major elements:  1) Exercise fidelity to the Utah State Core Educational Standards, 2) Implement the Granite School District Instructional Framework, 3) utilize Granite School District supported Tools & Assessments, 4) Organize and implement Professional Learning Communities to problem solve student learning and school improvement, and  5) provide Multi-Tiered Systems of Support.  These five components are broad and interconnected constructs.

To better understand the specific skill sets represented in the Granite Way that our school leaders, teachers, and specialists should demonstrate, we have developed the Granite Way School Improvement Process Hierarchy identifying 16 key constructs: Ten constructs are directly related to teaching and learning. Six constructs address supports for teaching and learning.  Research involving a greater understanding of how to improve the quality of skills and the desired outcomes these skills support is of vital interest to Granite School District.  For this reason, we need to understand how to facilitate the effective implementation of each construct.

In preparation for completing the Application for Permission to Conduct Research, please review–with your proposed study in mind– the Granite Way School Improvement Process Hierarchy.  A required field on the application form invites you to articulate how your proposed research will benefit Granite School District:

Application to Conduct a Research/Survey Study: