MSPA Research Procedures

The Minnesota School Psychologists Association will support the collection of research data in school psychology for the improvement of services to schools, children, and families.

Research Requests

In order to gain access to MSPA members for survey/questionnaire research, please complete the Research Request Form, including:

  • Brief summary of project including purpose and description of the questionnaires of other data collection methods
  • Copy of Institutional Review Board approval from originating institution
  • Other materials that will assist in recruitment of participants

Review Process

Proposals will be reviewed by the Research Review Task Force.  Proposals will be reviewed for relevance to Minnesota school psychologists and intensity of involvement for respondents. The review and decision process will take place on a rolling basis.

After approval

If the project is approved, then dissemination of the surveys/questionnaires will be available using the MSPA Community Forum. The post will include  information about the research project and any links to IRB approval and surveys/questionnaires.

MSPA does not share access to email addresses or mailing addresses except under exceptional circumstances that requires a 2/3 majority vote of the MSPA board.

Limitations of research conducted through MSPA

Researchers are cautioned that the use of the MSPA Community Forum involves the following inherent limitations to research:

  • The response rate is ultimately unknowable since it is impossible to know how many MSPA members actively review the community forum for  postings
  • The Community Forum is used by a small percentage of MSPA members and so the number of respondents will be low
  • The MSPA members who use the Community Forum may not accurately represent the demographic diversity of school psychologists in the state of Minnesota

For additional informaton or questions, please email

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