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Research Protocols

These research protocols are intended to assist the Department, stakeholders and researcher in understanding the processes to be followed for conducting research in schools, districts, provinces and the Department.

Guidelines for researchers in conducting research in the department

Application procedures for conducting research

  • The applicant must complete the application form: “to conduct research in the Department of Basic Education”.
  • The applicant must submit the application form with a covering letter to the Office of the Director-General at the address below at least three months in advance. However, urgent applications may be considered.
  • The Director-General will forward the request to the relevant Branch for recommendations on whether or not to approve the request.
  • Applicants will be informed by the Office of the Director-General whether the research request has been approved, approved subject to certain modifications or rejected.

Criteria for research to be approved by the department

The proposed research should be related to either the

  • Action Plan to 2014: Towards the realisation of Schooling 2025,
  • Delivery Agreement for Outcome 1: Improved Quality of Basic Education,
  • Department Research Agenda or the
  • National Development Plan.

 

Guidelines for researchers in requesting datasets from the department

Procedure for requesting datasets

 

  • The researcher must complete the attached application form: “For datasets from the Department of Basic Education”.
  • The researcher must submit the application form with a covering letter to the Office of the Director-General at the address below.
  • The Director-General will forward the request to the relevant Branch for recommendations on whether or not to approve the request.
  • Applicants will be informed by the Office of the Director-General whether the request has been approved or declined.
  • It will be appreciated if the analysis and reports derived from the datasets could be shared with the Office of the Director-General, once finalised.

     

Available datasets

The Department is able to provide datasets from the following databases:

  • Education Management Information System (EMIS)
  • Grade 12 examination results
  • Former Systemic Evaluations
  • Annual National Assessments (ANA)
  • National Education Infrastructure Management System (NEIMS)
  • Personnel Salary System (PERSAL)

The Department is able to provide a letter of support for access to datasets from TIMSS, PIRLS, World Bank, SACMEQ, HSRC etc.

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