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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. 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.

Process and Charges

If you are seeking to engage with 4 or more local authority adult social services departments please follow the process below.
Please note there is now a £240 (inc VAT), non-refundable, administrative charge for research submissions considered by ADASS Executive Council. In exceptional circumstances where the research is not funded then we can waive the fee.

The ADASS central team will initially review the suitability of a research application. If the application is straightforward and appropriate, it will be submitted for approval at the next Executive Council meeting, it will be at this point that we will contact you with the details of how to pay the £240 charge (inc VAT) for processing research applications.

If the application is obviously inappropriate then the applicant will be informed of this.

Once considered by ADASS Executive Council, the ADASS central team will write to inform the lead researcher of the outcome of discussions. If the research submission is endorsed by the Executive Council a formal letter will be issued setting this out within 7 working days of the meeting.


Forthcoming meetings

ADASS Executive Council Deadline for Submitting Application & Supporting Papers
10 June 2021 24 May 2021
06 September 2021 18 August 2021
04 November 2021 18 October 2021


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:

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Making Research Count

Enabling Research in Care Homes

NIHR School for Social Care Research (SSCR)

UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research