When the Pennsylvania Department of Education shares data with third
party researchers, it follows a process that ensures:
- researchers obtain only the data they need to answer their research questions;
- confidentiality is maintained and human subjects research protocols are followed;
- PDE has opportunities to comment on and publicize the results.
The PDE Data Governance Research Committee convenes on the first
Wednesday of each month. All letters of intent submitted by researchers one
week prior to the meeting will be placed on the agenda and reviewed by the
committee. Recommendations coming from the committee will be communicated to
the researcher within ten (10) business days, and may include direction to
complete and submit the IRB Research Application and appropriate attachments.
The PDE Institutional Review Board convenes every other month. Research
projects recommended by the PDE Data Governance Research Committee (and include
completed IRB research applications) will be placed on the agenda of the next
IRB meeting and reviewed.
The process for requesting and receiving data for research studies is