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The Research Department supports schools, staff and community by providing leadership in evidence-based practices with a focus on enhancing student learning and achievement, equity and inclusion, and informing human resource practices. 

The results and knowledge gained through such research will assist the Board in achieving its goal of a 90 per cent graduation rate through improved student achievement.

The Department ensures research follows ethical guidelines and adheres to privacy standards outlined by our Board, the Ministry and Provincial guidelines.

Our goal is to collect, analyze and share results to support our students, schools, parents and community. By promoting internal and external research projects and mobilizing evidence, the Research Department supports innovative research initiatives within the UCDSB.

We Are Responsible For

Data Management
Collecting, managing, analyzing, interpreting, and disseminating data and information.

Evidence-Informed Decision Making
Using quantitative and qualitative data to identify, plan and respond to school, staff and system needs.

Developing and coordinating system-level measurements, processes and methods. Collaborating with departments, schools and staff to evaluate practices and programs, data collection methods and data management.

Mobilizing Information
Preparing innovative reports, presentations and infographics on student results and outcomes to improve student achievement and well-being.

Community Partnerships
Working with community agencies, Provincial Ministries, other boards and educational stakeholders to support the research and our district plans.

External Research
Managing external research proposals aligning with the areas of focus in the Director’s Work Plan and Board Improvement and Equity Plan.

Collaboration with Community Partners

The Research Department is a member of the Association of Educational Researchers of Ontario (AERO). Research Officer, Dr. Kathleen Moss sits on the current AERO-AOCE Executive as a Member at Large.

We also
have active partnerships with a variety of organizations, including St. Lawrence College, Algonquin College, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Carleton University, University of Ottawa, Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.

NEW! 2023-24 Student Achievement Plan (SAP)

As outlined in The Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act 2023, school boards are required to adopt the following provincial priorities into their system planning:

1. Achievement of learning outcomes in core academic skills.
2. Preparation of students for future success.
3. Student engagement and well-being.

The Upper Canada District School Board is in the third-year of the Board Improvement and Equity Plan which shows alignment with the three priorities outlined in the Public Reporting Template. 

The Student Achievement Plan Public Reporting Template is a valuable supplement to our system planning which communicates action plans and progress on indicators to our communities. In sharing the school data, we are inviting parents and guardians to participate in a short survey asking for community feedback on the Student Achievement Plan. 

External Research

The UCDSB encourages research that contributes to educational knowledge and innovative practices which benefit students, teachers, staff and the broader community. The UCDSB Research Steering Committee comprises staff with expertise in research evaluation & assessment, data management, Real-World Learning, applied research, innovative teaching & learning practices, mental health support & resources, and information privacy.

If you are interesting in conducting research with the Upper Canada District School Board, please review our  External Research Steering Committee Guidelines for Conducting Research and the Research Application Form for details.   

Contact Us

Dr. Kathleen Moss, Research Officer
Upper Canada District School Board 
Research Department
[email protected]
613-342-0371 ext.1295

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