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Adult social care departments are frequently asked to take part in surveys, data collection and research. ADASS aims to ensure that the potential benefits from the work outweighs the time and effort involved, with topics best reflecting the main concerns of now and the future before any work commences.

Whilst we no longer undertake a paid for research approval process, we will welcome engagement with researchers who are seeking to work with four or more social services departments. Given the number of requests received by local authorities from researchers, many Directors will only consider engagement with such work if it has been considered and endorsed by ADASS.

Completing the Application Form

The application form is available to download as either a MS Word document or PDF. Your completed form can be emailed as an attachment and your email address will be taken as your signature.
Forms should be returned via email, along with your research proposal and supporting materials including ethical approvals, research tools, participation and consent letters to:


ADASS will review the suitability of a survey, data request or research project that the application relates to and submit it to the ADASS Executive Council for approval. If the application is straightforward and appropriate, it will be submitted for approval at the next Executive Council meeting. If the application is obviously inappropriate then the applicant will be informed of this.

Forthcoming meetings

  • 04 February 2021
  • 27 April 2021
  • 10 June 2021

What happens next?

On receipt of your application form the ADASS team will review your application using the process outlined above and set out in this flowchart.
You will be advised if and when your application will be considered by ADASS Executive Council.


To ensure your application goes before the next executive council it must be submitted 5 weeks prior to the meeting date.