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Wilfrid Laurier University Office of Research Services
April 16, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Administrative Research: Definition



WHAT QUALIFIES AS “ADMINISTRATIVE RESEARCH”?

Administrative research is research that is conducted in order to gain information for assessment, management or improvement purposes, such as

  • quality assurance, improvement, or control studies,
  • program evaluation,
  • departmental review, and
  • surveys to ascertain customer needs.

This research can only be used within the University for administrative purposes and is not to be published or presented outside of the University.

EXAMPLES OF ADMINISTRATIVE RESEARCH PROJECTS:

  • measuring satisfaction with parking at Laurier
  • determining if library resources currently meet the needs of psychology graduate students
  • assessing and reporting on the effectiveness of software training given to new employees

More detail is available in University Policy 8.2, Approval for Administrative Research Projects using Human Subjects.

NOTE:

Research Ethics Board (REB) approval cannot be sought retroactively for data collected as administrative research. If it is your intent to publish or distribute this administrative research outside of Laurier (e.g., in a conference presentation or journal article), approval from the REB must be sought before proceeding with the collection of data from human participants. Use the REB review process at www.wlu.ca/research/reb

For more information, email:

Una Glisic, uglisic@wlu.ca