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Research

Application process

The department works to ensure that its policies, programs and services are informed by rigorous and robust evidence. We therefore support research that strengthens evidence-based decision making and contributes to effective policy and practice. 

The Research Management Framework is a suite of documents designed to guide the participation of the department in commissioned and collaborative research that: 

  • ensures that research is relevant and managed in accordance with relevant legal and administrative requirements
  • minimises departmental risk
  • minimises risk to clients, staff or stakeholder safety and preserves the dignity of research participants
  • ensures that the department optimises its return on investment in research and that the research contributes to departmental goals, policy and priorities
  • meets community expectations that research is conducted to high standards of ethical conduct and probity.

Support may be provided to research projects through in-kind assistance, such as providing access to data, clients and staff. Highly relevant research proposals may be considered for limited investment.

Research applications

Prospective researchers can submit their proposals using the Research Application Form (DOC, 177 KB) Research Application Form (RTF, 347 KB) or can arrange to discuss their research idea by contacting the relevant service area contact listed in the table at page 2 of the Research Application Form.

All research proposals must conform to privacy provisions under the Information Privacy Act (Qld) 2009, the Privacy Act (Cth) 1988, and the ethical standards outlined in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) .

Research approval process and timeframes

Applications for research projects are appraised by the relevant service area and final approval of all projects is at the discretion of the Director-General. The general process and the upper limits of the timeframe are:

Initial Assessment by relevant service area

Timeframe:
4-8 weeks
The researcher will be advised at this point whether their research proposal will proceed.
Detail:
Research Proposal is assessed on (but not restricted to) the following key attributes:
  • quality of the proposed methodology
  • identified alignment of research objectives with the department’s and/or service area’s cross-cutting research priorities
  • feasibility of the research
  • capacity of the researcher/s to complete research as proposed
  • operational impost and burden to the department
  • risks for clients, staff and department identified and mitigated by researcher
  • requests for in-kind and financial support (departmental and other sources) are clearly articulated
  • research presents value for money – including impost on department
  • ethical, legal, privacy and confidentiality implications are identified by the researcher
  • ethical clearance proposed or obtained from an NHMRC registered HREC
  • accompanying documents are included in proposal e.g. Consent forms, Participant information sheets, data collection instruments.

Internal consultation relating to research risk management

Timeframe:
4-6 weeks
Detail:
Evidence and Modelling Unit and the Strategic Research, Evaluation and Review Group

Internal submission to Service Area Research Committee

Timeframe:
4-6 weeks
The researcher will be advised at this point whether their research proposal will proceed.
Detail:
Service Area Research Committee endorsement

Standard internal processes for briefing, procurement and contracting

Timeframe:
4-8 weeks
Detail:
Service area liaison with Legal and Procurement services, contract signing by all parties.

Final approval to project commencement

Timeframe:
Immediate – 12  weeks (to allow for projects where Director –General approval is required prior to customised data extraction)
The researcher will be advised at this point that their research proposal will proceed.
Detail:
Service area liaison with Legal and Procurement services, contract signing by all parties.