The purpose of the research protocols and processes is to provide guidelines and recommendations for researchers on the processes to be followed when conducting research involving DBE officials; programmes which the DBE is directly responsible for; or national scale studies. The research requests are specific to conducting interviews with DBE Officials, or requesting data or other information from the DBE.
The application procedure; criteria for approval; ethical considerations; available datasets etc. are all documented in the research guideline.
The DBE will not grant permission for conducting research in schools on a single/isolated visit basis. Furthermore, the DBE will not grant permission for conducting research in districts, or individual Provincial Education Departments (PEDs). Applications to conduct research at these institutions should be directed to the relevant PED. The details of provincial officials responsible for this are also provided in the research guideline.