Research Governance is the means by which organisations ensure that the research undertaken is of high scientific and ethical standards.
The Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences has an online system for managing Research Governance, which involves three stages. These include:
Within this framework, all research bids are reviewed by a panel of internal experts who consider and advise on factors such as quality and ethics. The system also guides the researcher, should their bid be successful, through the management and ultimately closure of the research project. This includes issues such as ethics, health and safety, financial tracking, the dissemination of findings and the storage or destruction of data.
The Research Governance Framework is a supportive process designed to improve the standard of research. It standardises procedures and ensures that all research is reviewed and monitored by a relevant team of experts.