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Applying to conduct research

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It's important that research in Queensland state schools and other state education sites:

  • benefits education and school communities in Queensland
  • uses an appropriate methodology that's likely to produce valid and reliable results
  • protects the wellbeing and privacy of staff and students
  • has no negative impact on teaching and learning.

For this reason, researchers need to apply to conduct research in Queensland state schools or other state education sites, or to access departmental data.

Research guidelines

Our guidelines for conducting research (PDF, 120KB) provide researchers with information about the application process, including:

  • when is a research application required
  • how to complete a research application form
  • who submits a research application
  • who appraises a research application
  • what factors are considered when appraising an application
  • the approval processes.

Advertising research in schools

If you want to advertise your research on a school noticeboard, social media site or in a newsletter to attract voluntary participants for a project that is not being conducted in a state school or on a state education site, please complete the research advertisement in schools form (PDF, 5.3MB) and submit it directly to the school principal/s for consideration.

The school principal will review your form and documentation to decide whether the project is suitable for advertising at their school.

If you want further assistance from a school, such as help in recruiting participants, sending out information sheets to parents and/or students or collecting consent forms, you will need to submit a full research application via the Queensland Education Research Inventory (QERI). Any projects seeking access to data will also need a full application form.

Terms and conditions for conducting research

Researchers who complete and submit a research application or research advertisement in schools form will be required to agree to and will be bound by the department's terms and conditions for conducting research (PDF 148KB).

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Last updated 24 June 2020