For research to be considered at ASD it must meet a high standard of human ethics that protects the privacy, safety, and well-being of students, teachers, parents, and staff.
No research project can be approved without the submission of complete and final copies of all research proposal documentation that apply to the request. This may include:
- Approved Thesis Proposal OR Dissertation Proposal/Prospectus OR Research Plan (Emphasis on sampling and data gathering process)
- Data collection instruments (Surveys, Interview Guide, etc.)
- IRB/Ethics Board Approval (Full Form)
- Consent Forms OR Parental Permission Slips
- Data Storage and Security Plan (Include all who will have access to data at any point of research)
- Letters of Approval from the principals or program managers associated with the research site/population which show approval of requested research
Supervisors and Principals will not allow surveys or research to take place at the facility they supervise unless the individual or organization that wishes to conduct the survey or research can demonstrate prior written ASD approval.
When prior parent approval is required for student participation, no student may be allowed to participate in a survey or research project without documentation of the parent permission.
The following types of research will not be approved:
- Research requests submitted by outside researchers or organizations that require parent consent.
- Research requests that ask for student records or personal identifiable information in these records. Due to FERPA regulations (see Definition of Common Terms for more information), ASD cannot release personally identifiable information from student records without written consent from the parents.