Research Requests

Researchers who wish to work with the District's students and/or staff, as subjects in their research, must submit an:
  • electronic copy of their IRB packet
  • copy of the signed cover sheet showing IRB approval
Email submissions to:

Dr. Diane Villwock 
Executive Director of the Office of Assessment & Research
919-967-8211 x34409

Approval to conduct research in the district hinges on several aspects:
  • IRB approval
  • Lack of interference with the mission of the school district
  • Time in the school year (no approval for beginning or ending of the year, nor near major holiday or breaks)
The approval process includes ad hoc assistance from central office administrators whose programs are impacted by the research.  For example, the Health Coordinator examines research proposals about medical or health issues; and the After School Coordinator is consulted regarding research taking place after school.  The Executive Director of the Office of Assessment & Research makes the final decision, after consultations are completed.

If approval is granted by the district, researchers must contact the principal of the buildings where they wish to complete their research.  Principals have the right to refuse to participate, as do all staff.  It is recommended for researchers to contact principals about prospective projects, prior to approval, to gauge their level of interest.  It is expected that all research conducted in the district follow the existing human subjects guidelines in the domain of their research (medical, social science, etc.).  Further, researchers are asked to provide the district with a copy of any publication that arises from their work here.