• Evaluation and Strategic Research

    The Michigan Department of Education's (MDE) Strategic Research is committed to proactively formulate and oversee the work of collaborative research partnerships to support educational goals and priorities in the State of Michigan. This site will introduce you to evaluation and research conducted by MDE, the role of the Research Collaborative and help researchers with the data requests.

    The state's education data portal, MI School Data, makes available to the public aggregate reports on Michigan's public school education system. Please click on the following link to view these data https://www.mischooldata.org.

Internal Review Board Meeting Dates and Submission Timeline

  • Internal Review Board Meeting Dates and Submission Timeline


    Provided below is the Michigan Research Collaborative Internal Review Board (IRB) meeting schedule and submission deadlines for Confidential Data Request Applications and Change Request Forms. Materials submitted after the deadline will be reviewed at the next month’s meeting. Please send all materials to MDE-Research@michigan.gov.


    2018 Submission Deadline

    January 12th
    February 9th
    March 9th
    April 6th - CANCELED*
    May 11th - CANCELED*
    June 8th
    July 6th
    August 10th
    September 7th
    October 12th
    November 9th
    December - Committee Does Not Meet

    2018 Meeting Date

    January 30th
    February 27th
    March 27th
    April 24th CANCELED*
    May 29th CANCELED*
    June 26th
    July 24th
    August 28th
    September 25th
    October 30th
    November 27th
    December - Committee Does Not Meet


    * The Michigan Research Collaborative Internal Review Board (IRB) is undergoing a change in the IRB review process.  During the transition months of April and May, we will not be accepting any applications or change requests.  March 9, 2018, is the final date that we will be accepting applications and change requests.  We will begin accepting applications and change requests after May 11th for the June IRB meeting.

The Research Collaborative

  • Michigan's state-level Research Collaborative, led by members from the MDE and the Center for Educational Performance and Information, enables the organization of a broad research capacity to address state education policy questions in a more coherent fashion. The Research Collaborative enables a fuller understanding of the issues our educational system faces and fosters ongoing working relationships within the research community as well as the community at large by:

    • Setting and prioritizing educational research goals, priorities, polices and a research agenda;
    • Assembling researchers to form consortiums and partnerships to collaborate and support educational goals and priorities in the State of Michigan;
    • Establishing research data request guidelines and standards for proposal submission;
    • Reviewing research proposals, regardless of funding source;
    • Ensuring that student, school and system performance are measured meaningfully and researchers apply rigorous social science methodology to produce accurate and reliable studies;
    • Helping researchers communicate actionable findings through presentation opportunities on the implementation and effectiveness of programs and policies necessary to ensure informed decision-making regarding future efforts;
    • Building the technical and human capacity to use the data effectively at all educational levels, by research audiences and centrally; and
    • Helping to foster community understanding of the relevance of research and evaluation.

Research Studies and Results

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