• Research and Educational Partnerships
    Dear Prospective Researcher,

    Atlanta Public Schools (APS) encourages meaningful empirical research and offers the services of the Department of Research and Evaluation for School Improvement to facilitate the efforts of researchers in conducting approved studies. Guidelines have been formulated to regulate research activities, to protect the rights of students and staff, and to avoid interference with the ongoing instructional programs in the schools. We are currently reviewing and updating our application process.  Updated material will be available the first week of October.  If you are interested in submitting an application before then, please use the current process and documents.

    The following conditions apply to all research requests:

    • Researchers planning to conduct studies beyond one year must submit annual requests for continuation. Approval for one school year (August- May) does not guarantee approval for subsequent school years of a study.
    • Research proposals will be reviewed by the Research Screening Committee throughout the year except from April 1st through May 31st (Black Out period) of each year.
    • The Research Screening Committee will review each proposal and respond by letter to the researcher within approximately an eight (8) week period of the submission date. The committee may approve, deny, or request modifications to research proposals.
    • All research screening application packets must contain all required documents upon submission for review. Researchers must submit a completed APS Research Request Application, and an IRB approval letter. The committee will not review incomplete application packets. 

    The research approval process is specific to traditional schools. If you wish to perform research in a charter school, please contact the school directly.

    More detailed information regarding the processes and procedures regarding conducting research can be reviewed via the following link Guidelines for Conducting Research Activities the Atlanta Public Schools.

    Thank you.

    Mary Hartigan

    Director of Research and Evaluation
    Office of Research & Evaluation for School Improvement
    130 Trinity Ave., SW, 6th Floor
    Atlanta, Georgia 30303
    P: 404.802.2672
    F: 404.802.1601