Research Guidelines and Applications

Please note that although the External Research Committee is resuming meetings for the 2021-2022 school year, due to health protocols and the protection of instructional time, there will be limited approval for research applications involving on-site activities (e.g., instruction, data collection, etc.).

Durham District School Board (DDSB) is involved in both internal and external research.

External research

External research involves agencies outside of DDSB and our personnel. It must be approved through an External Research Committee

To apply for external research:

  1. Review the research application background information
  2. Complete the external research application to get started
  3. Email the completed application to the assessment office
  4. Mail 7 hard copies to:

Accountability and Assessment
Durham District School Board
400 Taunton Rd. E.
Whitby, ON, L1R 2K6

External Research Committee

The committee is comprised of these DDSB representatives:

  • Teacher
  • Principal
  • Manager of Research and Assessment (Committee Chair)
  • Superintendent

The committee meets approximately eight times each year to formally review external research applications.

Internal research

Internal research is conducted by DDSB employees at the school or classroom level.

To do internal research:

  1. Speak with your school principal for direction
  2. Review the research application background information
  3. Consult with the Accountability and Assessment Officer
  4. Complete the internal research project form

Following a recommended consult with the Accountability and Assessment Officer, research which is limited to the classroom or school may be deemed internal research.