Research Review Statistics

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Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 – July 2016 to June 2017

Full Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 results expected to be posted in December 2017. For questions regarding this information, please contact

Results from Quarters 1, 2, and 3 (July 2016-March 2017)

Fifty-five applications have been submitted to the Research Review Committee (RRC) during the first three quarters of the 2016-2017 fiscal year, an average of about eight proposals per month (the RRC did not meet in August or December during FY 2017). Records indicate that approximately 45 existing research projects with approval preceding July 2016 are also still active.


Between July 2016 and March 2017, the RRC has received 55 proposals from 35 organizations or universities. Entities that have submitted the most proposals during this time  are: Drexel University (n=4), Temple University (n=4), the University of Pennsylvania (n=4), and American Institutes for Research (AIR, n=4), Research for Action (n=3), the Philadelphia Department of Health Division of Chronic Disease Prevention (n=3), and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (n=3).

Applications, Previous Years

Forty-five currently active research proposals from 25 organizations pre-date July 2016, with the highest percentage of proposals coming from the University of Pennsylvania (24%, n=11) and Drexel University (11%, n=5). Other prominent organizations include Temple University (4%, n=2), the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia  (4%, n=2), Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.  (4%, n=2), and Walden University  (4%, n=2).

Application Type

The RRC accepts five types of proposals – national surveys, dissertations, academic studies, program evaluations, and grant-mandated evaluations. The most common submission type were program evaluations (36%, n=20), followed by academic studies (20%, n=11) and dissertations (20%, n=11), grant-mandated evaluations (13%, n=7), and national surveys (11%, n=6).


Approximately 162 schools have been involved in 2016-2017 approved studies during the year thus far, with some schools hosting multiple projects. The largest approved study involves 61 schools in total, and is being conducted by the Philadelphia Department of Health Division of Chronic Disease Prevention. This number does not reflect the amount of schools involved in previously approved RRC studies.

Research Forums

In November 2016, ORE began offering a monthly Research Partnerships and Tiered Evidence Forum.  The goal of this forum is to provide external researchers with information about District standards and procedures for conducting research and applying for access to District data.  Since November 2016, more than 100 program staff, researchers, students, and other stakeholders from a variety of organizations and universities have attended. Organizations with the highest staff attendance are: the University of Pennsylvania (n=18), the Public Health Management Corporation (n=6), and Drexel University (n=6).


In total, approximately 100 research projects are currently active within SDP during the 2016-2017 school year. This number is based on available research project design and outlines, and may not reflect changes in methodology not shared with ORE-RRC.