Prospective Research

Researcher reading book with a preschooler

We welcome faculty and students to conduct research at the Child Development Lab on a variety of topics, including child development and learning, family dynamics, education, childcare and other related areas. Through our various resources, we are able to support projects that are observational or participatory. We require that all research conducted at the CDL is approved by the IRB, CDL Faculty Director, CDL Executive Director, and Program Director. Upon completion of data collection at the CDL, researchers are expected to share results and information for dissemination to our families and staff.


Please note, the CDL Research Team is currently short-staffed and has limited capacity to host research studies, so please be sure to plan on recruiting elsewhere as well.  To coordinate a research project, email

In your email, provide the following information:

  1. Research project title
  2. Names of research team members: Principal Investigator, Graduate Students, Research Assistants, etc.
    – Certificates indicating completion of CITI Human Subjects Protections (HSP) Training
  3. A description of the research project (protocol, study duration, etc.) and involvement of children/families

-Be sure to include inclusion and exclusion criteria if the study involves recruiting children (e.g., children who                     are at least 24 months of age but not yet 48 months of age)

4.  Preferred dates and times to conduct research

-Ideal hours for projects with children: 8:30am-10:30am and 2:30pm-4:30pm

  1. IRB approval documentation, consent form, and any

In order to comply with Wisconsin Child Care Licensing Regulations, staff from the CDL Research Team who meet licensing requirements and are familiar with the children will work with you to escort participants to and from your research space.