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4.20 Conducting research in early childhood settings and schools

Department of Education and Training

Department of Education and Training (DET) funded organisations are often approached to participate in research (including evaluations), or to assist with recruitment of families and children to a research project. Organisations should only agree to take part in/assist with recruitment for research that has been reviewed and approved by DET.

DET welcomes high-quality proposals for research which contributes to knowledge of early childhood development, young people’s wellbeing and education outcomes. Any research project that relates to, or involves: users of Early Childhood Development services; services funded by the department; Victorian government schools; teachers; or staff should be submitted to the department for approval. This includes requests for access to data sets that are owned or managed by the department.

The department reviews applications according to criteria under the following headings:

  • benefit and value to the department and participants;
  • burden and impact on the setting and the participants;
  • appropriateness of methodology in the setting; and
  • ethical design and conduct, which includes issues such as informed consent, confidentiality, privacy and protection from harm.

This review is separate to the ethical review of the proposal by a Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC). Where applicable, research applications must also be approved by a HREC.

Information about procedures and an application form can be found on the Conducting Research page (external link, opens in a new window) on the Department of Education and Training's website. 

For further information

Dr Zoran Endekov, Senior Policy Officer, Strategic Evaluation and Evidence Unit, Insights and Evidence Branch, Performance and Evaluation Division, Strategy and Performance Group.
Telephone: 03 9637 3131