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  • The CERR Approval Process


    CERR is no longer accepting research proposal submissions for the April 2023 submission window. The next submission window will be from October 1st, 2023 to October 31st, 2023. 

    Please read the following prior to submitting proposal. During the open submission window, the proposal submission link can be located at the bottom of this webpage. 

    Anyone wishing to conduct research in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) must obtain approval from the Committee for External Research Review (CERR). Only proposals for research that will result in a clear and direct benefit to the district will be considered for approval. If you have any questions, please contact Carolin Alexander

    Application Windows:

    We are accepting proposals to conduct research involving LAUSD resources during the following periods:

    • October 1-31, 2023
    • April 1-30, 2024

    Due to the difficulties experienced by our school and District communities, we will be approving only a select few proposals from every submission in 2023-24. Only those research projects found by program decision-makers to be of concrete and timely benefit to the District will be considered. CERR, in concert with program staff, will determine the benefit to the District proposed by the researcher(s).

    For the October 1-31, 2023 submission window, only submissions proposing projects beginning in Spring 2024 or afterward will be accepted during that time.  

    In addition, please note that at this time we are NOT accepting proposals from graduate students who wish to distribute and collect surveys. Graduate students may still submit proposals that focus on qualitative research and/or administrative data (quantitative).   


    The Approval Process

    A. General Directions

    This process and form are for External Research Requests, to be used by all research entities requesting to do research with the District, including employees who are requesting to do research as university students.

    Please review the following checklist for the online research proposal submission form as these items are required for completing the form. We strongly recommend you complete the research proposal submission form’s sections in this Microsoft Word document, save it, and then copy and paste the text into the online proposal form’s sections. This document will also be useful if you are asked to revise your proposal.

    Do not save your submission unless all required fields are completed. You are unable to save information to edit later. We recommend that you copy and paste information into the required fields to ensure all information is saved. Each field has a character limit of 2500 characters. You can use the character count tool in Microsoft Word to count all characters.

    The link to complete and submit your proposal is available on our submission page and will be active only during the submission window.

    You will receive a confirmation email with a proposal identification number once your proposal is submitted. You will need to refer to this identification number if resubmission is required.

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  • To download all LAUSD research guidelines and approval process in one PDF, click here

  • We are no longer accepting research proposals for the April 2023 submission window. The next submission window will be from October 1st, 2023 to October 31st, 2023. 

  • CERR Statement of Agreement

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