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Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board supports research and evidence-based practices in all of the work that we do. The Research and Analytics Department includes expertise in data science, information privacy and applied research.

Want to Conduct Research at HWDSB?

Research and Analytics works with internal and external researchers to facilitate research within our board. Research and Analytics is responsible for reviewing and recommending approval for all research activities that involve staff, students, facilities or programs at HWDSB.

All research conducted in HWDSB must be approved in advance. For details on the review and application process please view or download the following PDF document:

Applications are accepted three times per year:

August 15 Late October/Early November
October 15 Mid-January
January 15 Mid-March
February 13 Early-April
May 11 Late-September

What services does the Research and Analytics Department provide?

  • Responsive data and analytics on a schedule for achievement and system climate surveys;
  • Longitudinal and predictive data analytics and visualizations of large datasets (e.g., EQAO, LOI);
  • A stand-alone Research Ethics Committee;
  • Strategic planning and monitoring support;
  • Privacy and information management;
  • Program evaluation;
  • Applied research; and
  • Data literacy capacity building.

Collaboration with External Partners

The Research and Analytics Department provides practicum placements for students in several undergraduate programs at McMaster University. We are a member of the Association of Educational Researchers of Ontario (AERO), and have active partnerships with a variety of organizations, including McMaster University, Brock University, Wilfred Laurier University, the City of Hamilton, and the School-Board University Research Exchange (SURE) Network.


For questions or concerns regarding the research application and review process, please contact:

Brandy Doan
Manager, Research and Analytics
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
20 Education Court, P.O. Box 2558
Hamilton, ON L8N 3L1
T: 905-527-5092 ext. 2259
Email: bdoan@hwdsb.on.ca

Updated on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.
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