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Research governance


Research governance aims to ensure quality research and better management of the risks to all those involved in research projects, including safeguarding the public and the interests of the council.

If a project qualifies as research and requires access to the personal data we hold and/or requires access to our customers, service users, stakeholders or staff, then it is subject to the Council’s research governance process and you will need to get approval for your research.

The Council’s research governance framework applies to:

  • South Gloucestershire Council staff
  • contracted providers
  • independent organisations / agents acting on behalf of the council and/or requiring access to the council’s information or clients.

You can find out more about research governance and the Council’s research governance process, including how to apply in our guide.

Once completed, please return the application form to


Please note that other approvals may be required for your research as follows:

  • Research studies involving four or more local authority social services departments will need approvals from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) or the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS).
  • Some research may require NHS Health Research Authority (HRA) approval including review by an NHS Research Ethics Committee (REC).
  • Students who are undertaking research as part of a formal university programme to achieve a qualification (MSc, PhD) should seek to obtain a University Ethical review for their project if this is required before submitting a research governance application to the Council.
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