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Cambridgeshire County Council publish key research and analysis on Cambridgeshire Insight.  View the Cambridgeshire Insight document library  to access the latest needs assessments, strategic assessments and joint strategic needs assessments (JSNA) documents related to children, families and adult services.

Carrying out research into adult social care and children's services

The Council has adopted procedures around research into adults and children’s social care in accordance with the Department of Health’s Research Governance Framework (RGF) for Health and Social Care.

The definition of research under the procedures is broad, encompassing audits, surveys and consultations as well as activities which would traditionally be labelled 'research'. It doesn’t cover information which is collected as a matter of routine e.g. individual reviews of service users or the collection of management and performance information. 

Research governance framework (RGF) application pack

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The above Research Governance Framework Application pack contains information related to carrying out research in connection with Cambridgeshire County Council. It includes a fact sheet that covers what needs to be considered before you start your research. There is also a flowchart summarising the application process. The length of time an application will take to process will depend on the complexity of the proposal and the level of risk to participants.

Once approval is given, you can start and your research will be logged on the Council’s Research Register for Social Care. This will be monitored by the RGF coordinator or another nominated person.

If you are planning research, including anything which wouldn’t need approval through this process, don’t forget that the Research and Performance Group is happy to advise on the methodology and design of surveys and questionnaires along with other research-related issues. 

It is important to consider the Research Ethics Guidebook when conducting social science research. The guidebook gives evidence of good ethical practice on a wide range of aspects involved in conducting research.

If you have any questions about the process, email [email protected]

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