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Statement of Interest for Research Partnership with the MiMTSS TA Center

Introduction and Directions

Requesting research collaboration with the MiMTSS Technical Assistance Center encouraged. The process for requesting collaboration and/or sharing of datasets is designed to be (a) predictable and efficient, (b) compliant with commitments to security and protection of human subjects and organizations, and (c) focused on substantive contributions to the field.


To achieve these goals, requests for research collaboration and data sharing will be managed by the Evaluation and Research Unit through the following process:
  1. Researchers complete this form.
  2. After reviewing your completed form, a MiMTSS TA Center staff member will contact you regarding next steps.
  3. If there appears to be a mutual benefit to a partnership, a conference call will be scheduled. Students, this initial conference call will also require the participation of your university-based advisor or research chair.
  4. For all approved partnerships, the following will be required:
    • For identifiable data, research partners will need to obtain consent from participating schools/districts, and possibly access data directly from those schools/districts.
    • Research partners will need to secure other formal approval to conduct research (e.g., university human subjects institutional review board, Michigan Department of Education, local school district, etc.)
    • A signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the MiMTSS TA Center and the external research partner. The MOA will describe the principles of collaboration, such as actions and responsibilities, along with confidentiality agreements.
    • Once the data have been analyzed, researchers will share their research findings and discuss implications for the work of the MiMTSS TA Center in one or more of the following venues: MiMTSS TA Center staff meeting or scheduled professional learning session for educators (e.g., annual conference, webinar).