Conducting Research

Support for Research

We are a learning organisation which values the sharing of knowledge across the education sector in order to encourage creativity, innovation and collaboration. Research findings and access to information should provide a potential contribution to existing knowledge and a balance between short-term and long-term benefits. In order to protect the welfare and rights of individuals, access to information and exchange of knowledge must conform to legal and ethical requirements.

While we support and encourage research to be undertaken within and across the schools of the diocese, we assess all research applications to ensure that proposals are in keeping with the mission of Catholic Education and that they are relevant to schools and will not create undue workload. Once assessed and approved by the CEO, the decision as to whether or not research can proceed in a school rests with the Principal of that school.

It is expected that when researchers conduct research in Wilcannia-Forbes Catholic Schools, they do so on the basis that the findings may assist to improve student outcomes and increase school effectiveness and that schools will be provided with a copy of the findings.  Research in areas beyond the immediate concerns of schools should be conducted only when it can be demonstrated that the findings may have potential benefit for the participants themselves.

It is important that research in schools does not impact on the smooth running of schools nor on the wellbeing of students, staff, parents and the wider school community.

We have implemented a number of processes that attempt to address the two considerations potential burden on schools and research that is appropriate for children to be involved in.

To assist with any application to conduct research in the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes, please refer to the following

(Add link to research guidelines)

Working with Children Check

Where the research methodology requires either the Researcher or any Assistant Researchers to have direct contact with students, Child Protection Law requires the completion of the Working with Children Check.  

Reporting to schools and the Catholic Education Office

It is a condition of approval that, upon completion of a project, the researcher will provide the Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Wilcannia Forbes and each school which participates in the project with a Research Findings Summary along with permission for the Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Wilcannia Forbes to disseminate information from the Research Findings Summary to its personnel.


Staff employed in Catholic schools and the Catholic Education Office in the Diocese of Wilcannia Forbes who wish to conduct research need to be aware that where a publication is made by an employee in the course of employment and as part of the employees’ usual duties, the first owner of copyright will usually be the Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Wilcannia Forbes as the employer.