Research and Advocacy
Research underpins all of the work we do
We generate and facilitate rigorous research and evaluation, for knowledge and for good, that contributes to our understanding of how we support individuals and communities to flourish.
Working in partnership, we hear and elevate the voices of lived experience and advocate for and with others
for a more just society.
Our research focus
The community sector is operating, and will continue to operate, in a challenging social and fiscal environment. Our research plays a significant role in helping to navigate this environment — providing not only a sound evidence base for our current services, but also a strategic and provocative role in highlighting emerging barriers and opportunities; exploring the implications of these factors for the people we work with, and for the human services sector; and envisioning what the future might look like.
If your research asks the challenging questions, contemplates a better future, dares to innovate, and never loses focus on the ‘human’ at the core of ‘human services’ – we invite you to get in touch.Our Research Strategy Research guidelines at Anglicare
Research with us
Frequently asked questions
Have you got any questions? Anglicare has developed a wide range of frequently asked questions to help you find the information you need:
Conducting research at Anglicare Southern Queensland
If your purpose is to recruit our staff and clients as participants (e.g., emailing staff or our clients and their families, handing out information sheets or questionnaires, or collecting consent forms, or if you want to conduct interviews in an Anglicare service/facility or office), then you will need to complete and submit a full Research Application to Research and Innovation team.
- Where the activity potentially infringes the privacy or professional reputation of participants, providers, or the organisation/s.
- Secondary use of data – using data or analysis from QA or evaluation activities for another purpose.
- Gathering information about the participant beyond that which is collected routinely. Information may include biospecimens or additional investigations/data gathering.
- Testing of non-standard (innovative) protocols or equipment.
- Comparison of cohorts (groups and sub-groups).
- Randomisation or the use of control groups or placebos.
- Targeted analysis of data involving minority or vulnerable groups whose data is to be separated out of that data collected or analysed as part of the main QA or evaluation activity.
Depending on the project, Anglicare (RGC) might require a separate review from an external Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC), although this is expected to be in very rare instances.
Where ethical review by an accredited HREC is not required, Anglicare (RGC) will provide a statement which affirms that an alternative approach to ethical review was considered to be appropriate for the activity.
- a range of potential risks, such as risk of harm, burden or inconvenience, including potential breach of privacy and confidentiality
- obtaining consent from the evaluation participants including the use of an opt-out approach
- cultural competence of the evaluation activity
- adherence to relevant state and Commonwealth legislation
- compliance to ethical, professional or program standards
- whether an ethical review from an accredited HREC is required.
Even if the program has been approved by a service or office, and has already commenced, the evaluation component needs to be appraised separately if it meets the definition of research.
Where one or more of the triggers for consideration of ethical review apply, the guidance provided in the National Statement will be followed.
Please note that we do not impose ‘research requirements’ on activities that are considered quality assurance (QA) activities or compliance requirements (e.g., audit or onsite assessment of the quality of care and services provided to aged care consumers to measure performance against the requirements of relevant standards). Please refer to our Quality Assurance Guidelines for more information.
Application and approval process
- Please visit Research at Anglicare or contact Research and Innovation team or call 0402 969 715 to access the Research Application Form.
- Submit an electronic copy of the completed application form and supporting documents to Research and Innovation team. If additional information is required to process your application, one of the team members will contact you to discuss.
- Ensure that your application is clear, concise, and complete to enable its timely assessment.
If you wish to engage Anglicare in grants opportunity (e.g., ARC’s Discovery, Linkage or Legacy Schemes), or wish to discuss or submit an EOI for an innovation or translation idea, you do not need to complete the Research Application form. Please email Research and Innovation team with your initial, high-level overview of the project or concept, and we will try to get back to you as soon as possible.
Only complete research applications will be assessed. Once a decision has been made, you will be notified via email. There is no guarantee that an application will be approved once submitted.
Please refer to the Anglicare Research Governance Committee sitting calendar available on Research at Anglicare.
Please note that Anglicare may initiate a review of an approved research project at any time for any reason, including where Anglicare believes that the safety or wellbeing of clients and/or staff may be at risk. The review may result in a recommendation to:
- continue Anglicare participation, or
- temporarily suspend Anglicare participation, or
- terminate Anglicare participation.
The researcher will be informed of Anglicare’s intention to review and of the review outcome, including any additional requirements that must be met for the project to continue.
Requirements for conducting research
- does not undermine a person’s capacity to provide voluntary and informed consent
- does not unduly influence a person to accept a risk or burden that is greater than they
- would otherwise accept in everyday living or to compromise their fundamental values
- does not unduly influence a person to make false representations about or conceal information that is relevant to:
- their eligibility for the research
- their contribution to the research, or
- the risks related to participation.
- informed and voluntary consent
- privacy and confidentiality of participant’s data or information
- management, including storing and disposing of data
- risks and benefits of the research
- publication, reports and/or dissemination of results.
Amendments and appeals process
Please email the amended application form to Research and Innovation team or contact them for advice.
- minor changes to the research team, methodology or research instruments
- additional analysis or purpose for the research data
- minor changes to the level of sensitivity or obligation associated with the research
- extension of timelines
- minor changes that alter the initial information provided to participants.
Significant amendments may require the submission of a new research application.
- the safety or physical or mental integrity of participants
- the scientific value of the research
- the quality or safety of any interventions to be used
- the conduct or management of the research
- Anglicare’s service/s and/or program/s.
Examples of significant amendments include:
- appointment of a new Principal Researcher/Investigator or key collaborator
- substantial changes to the design or methodology of the study, including research instruments
- changes to the procedures undertaken by participants
- any change relating to the safety or physical or mental integrity of participants
- any change to the risk/benefit assessment for the study
- significant changes to study documentation, such as participant information sheets, consent forms, questionnaires, information sheets for relatives or carers
- any change to the insurance or indemnity arrangements for the study
- any other significant changes to the protocol or the terms of the RGC application.
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Please note that our Research Governance Committee meets every two months. Research applications need to be submitted a minimum of five business days prior to the first Friday of the month to be considered.
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