Research governance

How we maintain and evaluate our care services and protect people who help us.

What is research governance?

Research is essential in planning and delivering effective and high quality care services. Research governance is the means by which the quality of research into social care services in Suffolk is assured, and the rights of those involved protected.

Research includes surveys, evaluations, focus groups, consultations, audits and student projects and dissertations which involve service users or staff.

Research governance in Suffolk

The Suffolk Research Governance Panel evaluates and gives final approval for all research studies in, and associated with, adult and children's social care. In addition, the panel supports researchers to ensure they meet the required quality standards.

Further information 

National research governance frameworks

Research governance in Suffolk works within national guidance: 

Dates of Research Governance Panel meetings 2018

  • 16 Jan 2018 (documentation to be submitted by 9 Jan 2018)
  • 13 Feb 2018 (documentation to be submitted by 6 Feb 2018)
  • 13 Mar 2018 (documentation to be submitted by 6 Mar 2018)
  • 17 April 2018 (documentation to be submitted by 10 April 2018)
  • 15 May 2018 (documentation to be submitted by 8 May 2018)
  • 12 June 2018 (documentation to be submitted by 5 June 2018)
  • 17 July 2018 (documentation to be submitted by 10 July 2018)
  • 18 September 2018 (documentation to be submitted by 11 September 2018)
  • 16 October 2018 (documentation to be submitted by 9 October 2018)
  • 13 November 2018 (documentation to be submitted by 6 November 2018)
  • 11 December 2018 (documentation to be submitted by 4 December 2018)

Meetings are all on Tuesdays, 2pm to 4pm, at Endeavour House, Russell Road, Ipswich IP1 2BX.

Please email QATeam@suffolk.gcsx.gov.uk with queries and completed application forms.