Research Review Statistics

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RRC Applications and Approval Rates

During the 2017-18 fiscal year (July 2017 to June 2018), 139 new submissions were received by the RRC, including 111 new proposals and 28 amendments. Including prior approved projects, 191 research projects were active in SDP between July 2017 and June 2018 (this includes proposals that were approved in 2017-18 or were continuing from previous years).

Proposals and Approvals

Between July 2017 and June 2018, the RRC received 111 new proposals from 63 organizations or universities. Entities that submitted the most proposals during this time were: the University of Pennsylvania (n=18), Temple University (n=9), and Drexel University (n=8). 108 of the 139 total submissions (78%), and 84 of the 111 new proposals (76%) were either fully, conditionally, or partially approved for the 2017-2018 school year-to-date.

In addition, 42 proposals approved during FY 2016-17 and 36 proposals approved before July 2016 were still active during FY 2017-18.

Proposal Topics

Beginning in July 2018, all new proposals were “tagged” by subject areas to categorize the topic or content area(s) the study proposes to address. Though more than one tag may be used per study, 29 different individual tags have been used thus far and have also been retroactively applied. As of July 2018, 328 proposals have been tagged.  Among this group, the most common topics are Anchor Goal 3 (n=29); Anchor Goal 1 (n=28); Health (n=16); Anchor Goal 2; and Climate (n=8).

RRC Monthly Research Forum

In November 2016, ORE began offering a monthly Research Review Forum, open to all who are interested, and required for those submitting proposals to the RRC. The goal of this forum is to provide external researchers, as well as other stakeholders, with information about District standards and procedures for conducting research and applying for access to District data. Since November 2016, 222 program staff, researchers, students, and other stakeholders from a variety of organizations and universities have attended. In the 2017-18 fiscal year, 113 people attended the RRC Forum.