Research Requests

  • The health and safety of our students and staff are our priority.  Therefore, due to COVID-19, the Columbia Public Schools will not be accepting any new research proposals for the 2020-2021 school year.  This includes new on-site and off-site research.  Suspending on-site research for the current school year ensures fewer adults in our buildings; suspending CPS-approved off-site research (e.g., surveys) protects the time staff and students need to navigate this difficult situation. 

    Researchers with prior approval to conduct studies are asked to postpone data collection if at all possible.  If continued data collection is absolutely necessary, please contact Dr. Molly Stebbins at to discuss a plan.  Note that any on-site visitors will be required to attest that they are not showing symptoms of or have been exposed to the virus each time they visit our campus.         

    Thank you for your interest in conducting research at Columbia Public Schools.  We approve proposals that meet professional standards for research design and ethical practices, and have merit and relevance for our school district. Note that not all research will be approved. Our responsibility is to balance the need for research with the need for uninterrupted instructional activities that maximize student learning and the goals of the District.

    Molly Stebbins, Coordinator of Psychological Services, is the Research Request Committee chair for the Columbia Public Schools.  Dr. Stebbins is available to answer inquiries related to research design in the schools and can offer assistance to administrators and coordinators seeking to evaluate the effectiveness of internal programs.  She can be reached at (573) 214-3461 or

    For questions related to our research request process and forms, please contact Shari Kraus, Executive Assistant to the Chief Equity Officer.  Ms. Kraus can be reached at (573) 214-3413 or    

    Research applications will be accepted September - April. 

    All research requests should align with Columbia Public Schools Vision, Mission and Values and Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP).

  • Process to Request to Conduct Research 

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