The Research and Evidence-Based Practice Department supports the research, improvement planning processes, implementation, monitoring and reporting needs of Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) in pursuit of instructional excellence resulting in improved outcomes for our students.

The department helps stakeholders find, understand, and use the best available data and evidence to make decisions that have a greater likelihood of producing desired outcomes. The department does so by:

  • encouraging the use of evidence-based practices and decision making
  • modelling high standards for research excellence
  • sharing expertise in evaluation and knowledge mobilization
  • supporting community partnerships

Want to conduct research with WRDSB?

The WRDSB believes that research plays an important role in guiding the development of board policies and procedure, operational goals, and plans for improvement both at the school and the board level.

The Research and Evidence-based Practice department works with both internal and external research personnel to conduct research within WRDSB. The department oversees the board’s Research Review Committee, which reviews and approves all research conducted with students, staff, school communities, facilities or programs within WRDSB.

All research conducted within WRDSB must be approved by the Research Review Committee. The review committee meets four times annually to review submitted applications to conduct research. The applications are rigorously reviewed to ensure that they comply with WRDSB criteria.

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Application process

If you are interested in conducting research within WRDSB, all applications should be submitted online. If you have any questions or require assistance with completing this application, please contact Julie Scott, research officer, by email at or phone at 519-570-0003 ext. 4106.

Important dates

Research Proposal Deadline Research Committee Meeting Dates Estimated Start Date
Friday, August 30, 2019 Friday, October 4, 2019 Mid October 2019
Friday, October 25, 2019 Friday, November 22, 2019 Beginning of January 2020
Friday, January 10, 2020 Friday, February 7, 2020 Beginning of March 2020
Friday, March 27, 2020 Friday, April 24, 2020 Mid September 2020


Dana Liebermann Finestone, Ph.D.
Senior Manager of Research and Evidence-Based Practice
Twitter: @ResearchWRDSB