Overview

Mission

The Research, Data, and Evaluation (RDE) unit supports the mission and goals of the DeKalb County School District by providing fair, accurate, and relevant information that promotes a culture of informed decision making. Through collaboration and communication with both internal and external stakeholders, RDE seeks to provide our constituents with high-quality data resulting in insights and solutions to the district’s most pressing challenges.

RDE will operate as the center for the district’s data analysis and management and will ensure that research conducted by affiliates, employees and vendors align with the district’s strategic plan and commitment to its stakeholders.

RDE conducts district-wide surveys and data collection for instructional improvement and planning initiatives; coordinates and manages data requests to conduct educational research; compiles reviews of literature and identifies current trends in education to support the district leadership in planning for the future; provides research consultation; and offers technical training and assistance to schools, departments, and professional staff.

Vision

The RDE team is committed to creating data-driven solutions that
  • Inform decisions made by policymakers and stakeholders within and without the district
  • Provide insight about the effectiveness of district programs and policies for future endeavors
  • Lead to innovation in research and evaluation methodologies using existing tools and resources

Commitment to Accuracy

Accuracy is key to each aspect of the department’s operation. The team strives to ensure that data provided are
  • Complete and meets requested specifications
  • Accurate during every stage—from retrieval to analysis.
  • Accessible for seamless communication between departments
The Department of Research, Data, and Evaluation is responsible for processing data requests from both internal and external constituents. To begin your data request, please click the data request form box below.

Data Request Form

Research Proposals

COVID-19 Data Collection Amendment

Due to the current reopening status of DeKalb County Schools, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Research, Data, and Evaluation Department has amended the process in which researchers collect data for their research studies. To decrease the level of exposure to our students, staff, parents, and stakeholders, until further notice, we are suspending the practice of collecting in-person data to comply with current recommendations from the medical community and DeKalb County School District’s (DCSD) current policies. Virtual data collection is acceptable.

DCSD employees may be granted permission to conduct virtual classroom observations. However, they will have to receive written consent from the building principal and teacher of the class they plan to observe. Due to technology restrictions, this virtual data collection method is restricted to only internal DCSD employees.

The Research, Data, and Evaluation Department is grateful for your support of this essential amendment to the research proposal process.

2020—2021

Research Proposals Procedures

All prospective researchers who are interested in conducting research in DeKalb County School District are required to submit a formal application and receive written approval before any research activities may begin. The district has adopted new guidelines for conducting research that should streamline the process.

FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2021 IS THE LAST DAY TO COLLECT DATA IN THE
SCHOOLS FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR (DUE TO STATE ASSESSMENTS
AND END-OF-YEAR ACTIVITIES).
Submission Deadline (Midnight) Reviewed Decision Letter Sent
(approximate date)
August 21, 2020 September 2020 October 2020
December 18, 2020 January 2021 February 2021
April 23, 2021 May 2021 June, 2021
Special Interest Materials Distribution (KIB-R)
– addresses conducting research, administering surveys and questionnaires, and defines what the district considers to be research and/or data collection proposals

Evaluation of Instructional Program (IJ)
– addresses the evaluation of instructional programs

COVID-19 Data Collection Amendment

Due to the current reopening status of DeKalb County Schools, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Research, Data, and Evaluation Department has amended the process in which researchers collect data for their research studies. To decrease the level of exposure to our students, staff, parents, and stakeholders, until further notice, we are suspending the practice of collecting in-person data to comply with current recommendations from the medical community and DeKalb County School District’s (DCSD) current policies. Virtual data collection is acceptable.

DCSD employees may be granted permission to conduct virtual classroom observations. However, they will have to receive written consent from the building principal and teacher of the class they plan to observe. Due to technology restrictions, this virtual data collection method is restricted to only internal DCSD employees.

The Research, Data, and Evaluation Department is grateful for your support of this essential amendment to the research proposal process.

Contact

678.676.0300
1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard | Stone Mountain, GA 30083

Dr. Linda Frazer
Associate Superintendent
678.676.0300

Rebecca Braaten
Director of Research, Data & Evaluation
678-676-0472
404-427-0028

Dr. Carol Thurman
Coordinator II
678.676.0677

Michael Shaw
Coordinator II
678.676.0325

Dr. Michael Hines
Data Analyst III
678-676-0510

Dr. Melisha Harris
Coordinator II
678-676-0550

Alycia Campbell
Administrative Assistant
678-676-0550