Research Ethics Committee
The Western Cape Department of Social Development established a Research Ethics Committee (REC) in 2009. The main aim of the REC is to promote ethical research and to ensure that the beneficiaries of its services do not experience harm as a result of participation in research.
All research undertaken in or about the Western Cape Department of Social Development falls within the scope of the REC. The Committee does not accept or review research applications from other Departments or entities outside the scope of its mandate.
The Department’s REC is NOT an accredited research ethics committee in terms of the national Health Act. It therefore cannot accept applications for health-related research. Information regarding the application process for health related research can be obtained at: https://www.westerncape.gov.za/general-publication/health-research-approval-process
The REC, through its policies, has to ensure that all beneficiary information is properly safeguarded and protected in line with ethical research practice and relevant legislation and policies.
Researchers and students, who are interested in undertaking research in the Department of Social Development, must apply to the Department’s Research Ethics Committee (REC) for approval.
Before making an application, the following should be considered:
Meeting Dates and Submission of Applications
The REC meets on a quarterly basis. The meeting dates for 2023/24 are as follows:
The meeting dates for 2022/23 are (subject to confirmation):
Kindly note that applications must be submitted to the REC Secretariat at least 3 weeks before the meeting. Due to the volume of applications received, the Committee cannot accept late applications.
Application forms can be downloaded or requested from the REC Secretariat.
The research and evaluation reports in this section was compiled in order to improve service delivery and provide evidence based information for planning.The Department annually compiles a Research Programme that reflects the research priorities of its Executive, Programmes and Service Delivery Regions.The Research Programme is implemented by the Directorate Research, Population and Knowledge Management.