Welcome to the DPS Research Review Board

Our district is a leading urban district with a wide diversity of schools, staff and students that warrants a robust research capacity. By collaborating with universities, foundations, the State of Colorado, and the U.S. Department of Education, DPS is poised to discover practices in leadership, teaching, and learning that advance student achievement within DPS, across the state of Colorado, and throughout the nation. Research, however, is secondary to our goal of educating each and every student we serve.

Research request approval is reserved for proposals that support the ambitious Denver Plan 2020, avoid duplication of effort, and do not interfere with instruction or the efficient operation of DPS or its schools. DPS maintains an open attitude toward cooperative and collaborative research that can improve district practices, and also welcomes opportunities to partner with research agencies, universities, educational programs, and other organizations to co-author research publications.

The administration of research programs in DPS is the responsibility of the Research Review Board (RRB), facilitated by the Department of Accountability, Research, and Evaluation. The responsibilities of the RRB include: (1) review of research proposals, (2) monitoring of projects, (3) coordination of research projects, and (4) dissemination of research findings to staff members.

We welcome your interest in working with DPS!

Research Requests

We are currently accepting research proposals! If you are interested in conducting research with DPS, please submit a completed application during the review window: September 1 – September 30, 2018.

External Research Review Windows

All external data or research requests must be submitted to the RRB for approval within one of three windows before beginning the research project:

Window 1 Window 2 Window 3
1 – 30
1 – 30
December 15 –
January 15

Requests submitted outside of these windows will not be considered.

Who Needs to Submit a Request?

Review the External Request Flowchart for a quick reference on who needs to submit an external research request. More detailed information can be found in the DPS External Research Handbook.

For an overview of the guidelines for conducting research projects and pilot programs: Guidelines for Submitting a Research Request

Additionally, if you will be using surveys, interview or any other instruments you will need to include a copy in your request.


DPS charges a $35 hourly fee for any data handling exceeding 2 hours.

Conducting Health-Related Research with Denver Public Schools

Health-related research proposals are reviewed by the RRB and includes the following sample topics:

  • Physical Activity or Physical Education
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Social-Emotional Wellness
  • Nutrition
  • Teenage Pregnancy Prevention
  • Safety
  • Health Services
  • Other Risk or Protective Factors


Check out our FAQ. You can also contact the Accountability, Research & Evaluation Hotline at 720-423-3736 or email the Research Review Board at

Internal data requests pertain to current Denver Public School employees. If you would like to request student achievement data and/or parent/student satisfaction survey data that is currently not available on the district websites, please contact ARE at 720.423.3736.

Please provide the following information:

  • What questions are you trying to answer?
  • How will you use these data or analyses?
  • What data or analysis do you need?
  • When do you need the data? Please provide the last date for which the data will be useful.

Note: If the data you are requesting is not directly linked to your day-to-day work (e.g., doctoral dissertation), you must submit an External Research Request.

Available Data

Current Student Assessment Results
Teacher Portal
Principal Portal