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Gwinnett County Public Schools

GCPS Educational Research Policy and Procedure


The Gwinnett County Board of Education recognizes that systematic study of the educational process and related variables can contribute significantly to the development and implementation of high-quality instructional programs. The Board, therefore, encourages the conduct of well-designed educational research projects within the district.

While recognizing the value of educational research, the Board also has a responsibility to protect students, parents, and staff from harassment; invasion of privacy; physical, psychological, social, and educational injury; and substantial distraction from teaching and learning. Consequently, the Board requires that all research proposals be carefully screened by the Executive Director of Research, Evaluation, and Analytics and the Gwinnett Institutional Review Board to ensure that the proposed research has potential value for the district and is consistent with district philosophies, legal obligations, and standards of good scholarship.

The Executive Director of Research and Evaluation must provide written approval before a research project may be conducted in the district. The Director and the appropriate division will be responsible for monitoring any approved research.



This procedure is designed to provide researchers with a clear understanding of the types of research encouraged within Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) and the procedures for submitting a research proposal for review. 

The GCPS Institutional Review Board (GCPS IRB) acts on behalf of the Board to review proposed research. The GCPS IRB is comprised of members of the Department of Research, Evaluation, and Analytics, and draws on the expertise of staff from across the district. The GCPS IRB meets to review new research proposals to determine approval or non-approval, based on the criteria outlined in these guidelines. 

There is no right to access GCPS’s students, staff, or data for research purposes. Access may be granted when determined to be in the best interests of the Gwinnett County Board of Education. If access is granted, the researcher may only access schools, students, staff, and data relevant to the research as approved by the GCPS IRB.