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 Conducting research in HPEDSB: information for external researchers

random Image ResearchHastings and Prince Edward District School Board is committed to using evidence in order to make informed decisions. We understand and value the important role that research plays in this process.

We welcome applications to conduct research within the district.  Priority will be given to proposals that include a focus on district areas of foci which include: assessment for learning, professional learning, gradual release of responsibility, numeracy instruction and the mindful integration of technology. For further information please consult our Achievement in Motion - AiM for Student Success System Plan. Applications packages must include a completed Form 260: Conducting Research in HPEDSB, which is available on the right side of this page.

The Research Review Committee reviews applications on a monthly basis as required. Following this, all proposals require approval from the Director of Education.

When completing the application please keep in mind the criteria (list to the right) for approval as cited in Procedure 260: Conducting Research in HPEDSB.


Priorities for future partnerships

  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Assessment for Learning

Previous research partnerships 

EOPAN infographic 2015

Rural Youth's After-School Experience Related to Physical Activity &
Sedentary Behaviour

Lead: Jennifer Ronan, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health





Improving Grade 7-8 Science and Technology Teaching

Terry Bridges, Ph.D. candidate, Queen's University

  • increasing teacher comfort level with intermediate science concepts through lesson study
  • integrating science topics with writing to facilitate student understanding


5. Criteria For Approving Research

  • 5.1
    • arrow The research needs to have a potential "pay off" to the investigator, the system, and education in general.

  • 5.2
    • arrow The loss in instructional time and potential for disruption must not be excessive.

  • 5.3
    • arrow Costs to the board, including expenditures, legal risks, and the possible loss of good will of students, parents and the community must be considered.

  • 5.4
    • arrow Ethical, moral and legal implications of the study for the subjects and the district are important considerations. The implications which might arise from the publication of data must be taken into account.

  • 5.5
    • arrow Protection of student rights when students are subjects is an essential consideration. When data are collected from students, their rights and those of parents are not to be infringed upon. Conditions to be met include:
    • -approval in writing from parents or the adult student;
    • -that the project not create stress;
    • -non-infringement of privacy;
    • -the right to withdraw from participation at any time;
    • -assurance that information is given voluntarily without any special form of reward;
    • -anonymity of subjects is guaranteed; all rights are explained to participants in advance of data collection; and
    • -there is no denial of learning opportunity.
  • 5.6
    • arrow The quality of the research design. Any apparent violation of the ethical responsibilities normally expected of researchers will result in rejection of the project.

  • 5.7
    • arrow There must be adherence to confidentiality and privacy requirements which arise from conducting research in schools. Research in schools has specific legal requirements designed to maintain confidentiality and protect privacy. The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act outlines specific conditions to protect confidentiality and privacy which researchers must meet, particularly when using written records. Eight conditions are outlined in section 6 of procedure 260.


 arrow Procedure 260: Conducting Research in HPEDSB

 arrow Procedure 260 Form: Conducting Research in HPEDSB (word documentWord)



Other Research Sites

 arrow HPEDSB: Research Central

 arrow Ministry of Education: What Works

 arrow Ministry of Education: Capacity Building Series

 arrow MISA East

arrow Association of Educational Researchers of Ontario (AERO)

arrow Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research (KNAER)


Please direct all inquiries to:

Angela Harvey- Learning Support Coordinator, Research and Assessment


613-966-1170, ext. 3327


Address: 156 Ann Street, Belleville, Ontario, Canada K8N 3L3  Phone: +1 613 966-1170  Toll-free: +1 800 267-4350  
Fax: +1 613 961-2003  General Email: information@hpedsb.on.ca  Technical Email: webmaster@hpedsb.on.ca

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Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
156 Ann Street, Belleville, Ontario Canada K8N 3L3
Toll-free: +1 800 267-4350
Phone: +1 613 966-1170
Fax: +1 613 961-2003

© Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
2007 All rights reserved