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Research & Innovation

Research and Innovation 

We support our schools, teachers, staff and community by providing leadership in evidence-based practices that advance educational opportunity and achievement and builds capacity for all K-12 learners. 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.

Research & Innovation develops, implements, and manages all research projects, pilot studies, and innovative initiatives for the Upper Canada District School Board, with a focus on enhancing student learning and achievement, equity and inclusion, and informing human resource practices. We provide a range of research and statistical services that are central to evidence-informed decision-making in support of the Board’s strategic plan. Research & Innovation delivers training and support in the use and interpretation of data to schools, Supervisory Officers, administrative and academic staff. The Department ensures research follows ethical guidelines and adheres to privacy standards outlined by our Board, the Ministry and Provincial guidelines.



To collect, analyze, disseminate information and share innovative, evidence-based teaching & learning initiatives, to support our UCDSB students, schools, parents and community. Promoting internal and external research projects, mobilizing evidence and highlighting community partnerships, Research & Innovation supports innovative research initiatives within the UCDSB.

Collaboration with External Partners

Research and Innovation is a member of the Association of Educational Researchers of Ontario (AERO), and 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.

In this section you can find out more about current research projects and innovative initiatives. 

We All Belong Student Survey & Intermediate Student Voice Survey

The student surveys are now open until mid Dec 2022, and we're looking for student voice! Check out the website for more details and the survey questions.
We want to know more about our students so that we can support student learning and well-being, and ensure students feel safe and accepted within our school system. We All Belong Student Survey


Real-World Learning Experience Sees Students Helping Students Read

Russell High School (RHS) wrapped up an initiative that turned students into authors and mentors, and tackled social justice issues connected to the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s Right to Read inquiry at the same time. Follow the link above to read more about this amazing student project designed to support literacy.

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External Research

Thank you for your interest in conducting research with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB). 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.

Please follow the links at the bottom of the page to access the UCDSB External Research Steering Committee Guidelines for Conducting Research and the Research Application Form. These documents provide information about how to conduct research with UCDSB schools.

Applications must be submitted electronically to the committee. Full details are in the guidelines and research application form. 

Contact Us                                            

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

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