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CDE's Research/Evaluation Concept Paper Guidelines

Here are the guidelines researchers must follow when they submit concept papers for the California Department of Education's (CDE's) consideration.

Research/Evaluation Concept Paper Guidelines

Researchers requesting California Department of Education (CDE) data for research/evaluation purposes must attach a Research/Evaluation Concept Paper to the *Data Request Intake Form External link opens in new window or tab. . The paper should be brief and must provide a clear and concise summary of the research/evaluation project.

The concept paper must include each of the following nine elements:

  • The project title.
  • A clear description of the topic. Include a brief summary of background information on the topic.
  • A clear statement of purpose summarizing the project’s goal(s).
  • Specific research/evaluation questions the project will answer.
  • A statement of why these research/evaluation questions are important to answer. Address at least one of the following:
    • Does the research/evaluation align with the CDE Research Priorities page?
    • Does the research/evaluation inform the policies and/or practices of the CDE?
    • Does the research/evaluation improve education and/or instruction?
  • A description of how the questions will be answered, including:
    • A description of the data being requested (data collections, grades, years, description of study sample characteristics, and plans to link the requested data to other data collections);
    • The plan of data analysis; and
    • A determination of how the data and analysis method will address each research/evaluation question.
  • A description of when and where the research will be published and disseminated.
  • The name, title, role on project, and a brief summary of qualifications and affiliations for the principal investigator, key research staff, and co-authors.
  • A description of the project funding source including funding agency name, type of funding (government, private foundation, other), and time period for funding support.

Research/Evaluation Concept Papers failing to adequately address each of the above elements will not be reviewed by the CDE.

Also note that the principal investigator is required to submit a copy of his or her professional resume or curriculum vitae (CV) in order to initiate the request for data from the CDE.

Questions: CDE Data Request Team | | 916-319-0869 
Last Reviewed: Friday, August 11, 2023
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