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Research Practice Partnership

Pre-Proposal Meeting | Proposal Submission Deadline | Proposal Submission | Questions | Review Panel

In 2018, the Council, in partnership with Mayor Bowser, enacted the District of Columbia Education Research Practice Partnership Establishment and Audit Act of 2018 (DC Law 22-268; DC Official Code § 38785.01 et seq.) This legislation established a process for the Government of the District of Columbia to partner with an independent, non-governmental entity to establish an education research practice partnership.

The purpose of the District of Columbia Education Research Practice Partnership is to provide actionable, easily consumable, independent research to the education sector, stakeholders, and the public. The research conducted by the partnership should evaluate the effectiveness of instructional practices in public and public charter schools in the District with the goal of increasing student achievement and educational equity.

This Notice of Invitation (NOI) invites independent, non-governmental entities to submit proposals to conduct education research on behalf of the District of Columbia through the District’s education research practice partnership.

Pre-Proposal Meeting

View the pre-conference webinar, which was held on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019.

Upon registration, we will provide you with information about how to access the webinar.

Proposal Submission Deadline

The completed application package must be received no later than Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, 5 p.m. Late proposals will not be accepted.

Proposal Submission

Proposals, including all supporting documentation, shall be submitted via email at [email protected].


Questions from prospective applicants regarding this solicitation may be submitted to [email protected]. OSSE will accept questions on the NOI until 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.

Review Panel

The Review Panel authorized by DC Official Code §38-785.03 selected the Urban Institute as the independent, non-governmental entity in furtherance of the DC RPP. We look forward to working with the Urban Institute and its partners in establishing the DC RPP consistent with the statute.

Over the past several months, the Review Panel met six times in duly-noticed public meetings conducted virtually to review, discuss, and ultimately select this independent, non-governmental entity. The Review Panel reviewed the proposals submitted, scored them on an agreed-upon rubric, requested supplemental information from the applicants, and allowed the two finalist applicants to present their proposals and answer questions from the Review Panel.

Below you will find public materials related to the Review Panel’s meetings:

Note that applicants were able to request redactions to protect confidential and proprietary information consistent with the District’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Research Practice Partnership Master Services Agreement between OSSE and Urban Institute, effective Oct. 5, 2021, to Sept. 30, 2026.