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:
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.
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:
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).
Prospective researchers should submit their proposals using the Research Application Form Research Application Form 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.