The Department of Corrective Services (the Department) values external research. External research contributes to the body of knowledge about offenders and their needs, and what works best in meeting these needs and reducing the likelihood of reoffending. External research also contributes to knowledge about the factors that lead to offending and programs, services and interventions aimed at addressing these factors.
The Department's role is to improve public safety and reduce reoffending. It does this by making a positive difference in the lives of offenders through the provision of effective and efficient services. These range from the delivery of effective youth diversion strategies; the provision of a safe, secure, humane and productive sentence (whether in custody or the community); through to assisting offenders to reintegrate back into the community.
The Strategic Research Priorities 2013-2014 are provided as a guide to researchers intending to conduct studies involving the Department’s:
who are currently receiving services from the Department, or have received services in the past, (in the community or in custody, either statutorily or voluntarily).
The Department has identified the following 7 areas of service delivery priority that will guide its focus for 2013-2014:
The Strategic Research Priorities 2013-2014 are based on these 7 service priorities along with the specific service delivery level issues identified by individual business areas.
While the Department's Research and Evaluation Committee (REC) will give priority to research applications focusing on identified priority projects, applications for research focusing on the broader research priorities are welcome with prior approval from the REC Chairperson. Contact REC to discuss your topic prior to submitting an application.
All researchers intending to undertake research involving the Department should submit a research application to the Department's REC. A revised research application form and supporting documents will be available on this website in the last week of October 2013.
New research applications will be accepted from 1 November 2013 onwards.
Applications received by REC on or before 19 November 2013 will be considered at the REC meeting to be held on 17 December 2013.
Researchers wanting to submit an application during the course of next year should refer to the REC Meeting Calendar 2014 for the relevant submission / REC meeting dates.
If your application is in order, it will take two to three months from the day you submit your application to the day you can start data collection.
Research applications are assessed on the basis of their:
All research applications are also assessed in terms of methodological soundness.
REC meets on the last Tuesday of every second month: February, April, June, August, October and December. Applications must be received by REC at least 4 weeks prior to the REC meeting.
You will be informed of the decision regarding your research application within 10 working days of the REC meeting at which your research application was considered.
If your research is approved you will be appointed a research liaison from the Department's Research and Evaluation Team who will guide you through the rest of the process. You will need to meet with your liaison and complete a number of administrative requirements before you can commence your research.
Researchers should contact the Department to discuss all potential research before submitting an application to REC. If you would like to discuss a research application with the Department, please contact:
Team Leader, Research and Evaluation
Locked Bag 22 Cloisters Square
PERTH Western Australia 6850
Tel: + 61 8 9264 6341
Last updated: 9-Oct-2013