Applying for Access: Frequently Asked Questions

The MET data are restricted from general dissemination to protect the confidentiality of the students, teachers, schools, and school districts. A Confidential Data Use Agreement (DUA) must be established between the University of Michigan and the user's institution.

Download the DUA. This will also be emailed to you once you initiate your application.

  1. Who is eligible to access the data?

    The Primary Investigator of a research project using the METLDB must: hold a PhD or other terminal degree, and hold a faculty position at a university or research position at a research institution.

  2. What is the cost of data access?

    In order to support the MET LDB data access systems, project teams are charged an annual fee of $350/user. Each team member with access to the data requires a license.

  3. The DUA must be signed by the PI and an Institutional Representative. Who is my Institutional Representative?

    Your Institutional Representative is an individual who has been delegated the authority to enter your institution into legal contracts and agreements. The MET LDB Confidential Data Use Agreement is an institution-to-institution agreement and so must be signed by both your institution and the University of Michigan.

  4. Can individuals at different institutions collaborate on one MET research project?

    Yes. Please note, however, that Data Use Agreements are between the University of Michigan and the PI's institution, therefore if two institutions will collaborate on one project, two Data Use Agreements must be established. Each institution must have a Principal Investigator (as defined in the Data Use Agreement), a Data Use Agreement, and IRB review documentation.

  5. My institution would like to propose modifications to the data use agreement. Is this possible?

    The Agreement for the Use of Confidential Data from the Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database is a standard template that is required to be signed by the authorized institutional official for each approved requester. The terms and conditions are written to apply uniformly to all data users and without modification.