Research and Assessment

We support the Thames Valley District School Board by providing leadership in evidence-informed decision-making that advances educational opportunity and achievement for all learners.

We do this by:

  • Collecting, managing, analyzing, interpreting, and reporting on data and information.
  • Supporting the use of data to identify, plan, and respond to system needs.
  • Collaborating with departments and schools to evaluate practices and programs.
  • Managing and interpreting large scale and group-based assessments.
  • Designing and developing research and evaluation tools, processes, and methodologies.
  • Mobilizing information to increase knowledge and enhance policy and practice.
  • Working with community partners to support research.

Interested in conducting research in TVDSB?

We continue to be responsive to emerging needs to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of students and staff. Please check this website regularly for potential changes to our research guidelines, application process and/or deadlines.

The TVDSB Research Review Committee (RRC) reviews applications for all requests to conduct research in our board to ensure that the research meets ethical and methodological standards and to support and encourage research and evaluation that contributes to the TVDSB Strategic Priorities and educational knowledge. The committee accepts applications from individuals, agencies, and Government Ministries outside of TVDSB, as well as TVDSB employees, who would like to conduct research in TVDSB.

Applications and supporting documents are submitted online only. Detailed information about the application and review process can be found in our Research Review Guidelines. Please read this document prior to submitting an application. A pdf version of the online application can be downloaded as a reference but please note that applications must be submitted through the online application.

Research Review Committee Deadlines

The TVDSB Research Review Committee currently accepts new applications once a year and extensions for previously approved applications once a year. Approval is granted for one school year only. The deadlines for applications for the 2024-2025 school year are:

Application Type Application Deadline Review Period Earliest Start Date
Extension Application
(Applications approved by the TVDSB RRC during the 2023-2024 school year) 
August 31, 2024 September-October October 2024
New Application
(New applications that have not been approved by the TVDSB RRC during the 2023-2024 school year)

October 11, 2024 November-December January 2025

Start date is approximate and dependent upon the approval and recruitment processes. This may include requested revisions to original and subsequent applications which may delay the start time indicated above.

Following the Submission Process

Researchers are notified by email of the outcome of the review. If the study is approved, an official approval letter is sent to the researcher. Upon completion of the study, researchers are asked to submit a summary report to the TVDSB Research Review Committee.

If you have any questions about conducting research in TVDSB, please feel free to contact the Research Review Committee at Please note that this email address is not monitored during school closures (i.e., two weeks in December, March Break, July and August).

If you would like to discuss potential research projects, please email us at

Complete an Application to Conduct Research in TVDSB

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