Institutional Review Board IRB

Note to Potential Applicants: The JCPS Institutional Review Board (IRB) meets on a quarterly basis: October, January, April, and July. To be considered for review, your completed online application must be received by the first Friday of each of these meeting months. 

Your Objective

Do you want to do any of the following? You will need JCPS IRB approval first.

  • Access existing non-public, identifiable JCPS data to evaluate program or technology effectiveness, or
  • Access existing non-public, identifiable JCPS data to address a research question or a question for which the data were not collected originally, or 
  • Implement a new program or technology in JCPS that requires some level of monitoring and evaluation to determine fidelity or impact, or
  • Collect your own data with JCPS students or staff through surveys, focus groups, or observations/walkthroughs for use beyond standard educational decisions made by JCPS staff

Our Conditions

The JCPS IRB will review requests that meet all of the following conditions. If you meet all of these, please submit an online application through the Data Request Management System (DRMS) secure platform. 

  1. Protection of Human Subjects—The study complies with all relevant components of 45 CFR 46 Protection of Human Subjects as well as any other related federal laws. 
  2. JCPS Policies—The study does not violate any JCPS policy.
  3. Chief Sponsorship—The activities, programs, interventions, or technologies proposed directly support current districtwide initiatives and priorities as determined by JCPS chiefs.

Our Preferences



Supports expectations of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Involves random assignment of schools and students

Assists with meeting requirements in State law or developed by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE)

Adds burden to school processes, especially for schools identified as Targeted or Comprehensive Support and Improvement (TSI and CSI) schools

Enhances equitable opportunities for at-risk students

Conflicts with current JCPS initiatives and expectations for schools

Enhances the successful implementation of current JCPS initiatives

Violates State law or contradicts KDE requirements


Provides no real benefit to JCPS