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Research Management

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 participation of the department in commissioned and collaborative research is designed to ensure that: 

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

Approval process

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.

Research proposals are 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.

All research 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) . All research proposing the involvement of clients of Child Safety Services must be assessed by the Department to ensure compliance with research provisions under the Child Protection Act (1999).

Research applications

Prospective researchers should submit their proposals using the Research Application Form (DOC, 183 KB) Research Application Form (RTF, 359 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.