Research and Evaluation

The Office of Research and Evaluation provides support for site and district administrators developing program evaluations, conducts district-wide research and evaluation studies, manages district-wide survey research administration, and processes requests to conduct academic and evaluation research in the district.

Ad-hoc reporting for SBUSD employees is facilitated by Education Technology Services (ETS). Please submit a ticket to ETS through Zendesk for support in creating queries or custom reports, and select Aeries under Issue Type.

Internal Program Evaluation

If you are a current district employee who is interested in piloting or implementing a program, please use the program evaluation template and submit it to your assistant superintendent.

Internal Program Evaluation: Directions and Forms

If you are a current district employee conducting research for a graduate degree program, a community partner, or an academic researcher, please use the academic and evaluation research  forms and process in the section below.

Academic and Evaluation Research

If you are a community partner or academic researcher (including Santa Barbara Unified School District employees enrolled in a graduate program), and wish to conduct a program evaluation or academic study, please work with school administration to complete an application to conduct research. This includes community partner requests for administrative data for grant reporting purposes.

The application windows for research to be conducted during the 2017-18 academic year are:

  • March 1-10, 2017 for research to be conducted Aug. 2017 – June 2018
  • November 1-10, 2017 for research to be conducted Feb. – June 2018

Please note that the approval process may take over two months to complete once the application is submitted.

Academic and Evaluation Research Application: Directions and Forms

District-wide Survey Research Administration

The Santa Barbara Unified School District contracts with professional research entities for the administration and analysis of many district-wide surveys, in addition to developing and administering our own surveys. Survey research administration may include, but is not limited to the California School Climate, Health, and Learning Surveys (Cal-SCHLS).


California Department of Education (CDE):
Data and Statistics: Demographic and performance data on California’s schools and districts
State Priorities Snapshot: Graphic display of data required for the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) relating to implementation of state priorities in the areas of Student Achievement, Student Engagement and School Climate

Santa Barbara Unified School District:
School Accountability Report Cards (SARCs)
Testing and Assessments


Dr. Chelsea Guillermo-Wann Director of Research and Evaluation cwann@sbunified.org (805) 963-4338 x6353