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“Research” is a methodical exploration of an idea, theory or concept, likely testing or validating a hypothesis, and gathering information with some planning, organization or design. The more the enquiry involves numbers of people (or information about them), risk to people (or to data about them), planning or design, or likelihood of publication or sharing with others, the more clearly is it “research”.  A number of organizations, agencies and governing bodies or associations have developed definitions which are informative and useful and which have been adopted by this college.

Research: An undertaking intended to extend knowledge through a disciplined inquiry or systematic investigation (Subgroup on procedural issues for the TCPS (ProGroup), 2008).

Applied Research: Original investigation, undertaken to acquire new knowledge, or to apply existing knowledge in a novel way, directed primarily towards a specific practical aim or objective. Ideas are developed into operational form to produce new products, devices, processes, systems, and services or to improve substantially those already produced or installed (CCITAL, Applied Research Policy, 2007).

Quality Assurance: Systematic monitoring and evaluation of the various aspects of a project, service, or facility to ensure that standards of quality are being met (Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics, 2004).

St. Lawrence College and the Centre for Behavioural Studies follow the Tri-Council Guidelines on Ethical Conduct of Research Involving Human Participants:

Canada’s leading research granting agencies, CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC constitute the “Tri-council” and collectively maintain a policy called the Tri-Council Policy Statement on Ethical Research Involving Humans. St. Lawrence College and CEBRIC utilize the Tri-Council policy as a key resource when addressing ethical research involving human subjects. The Tri-Council policy, which has been adopted in full by SLC and the Centre for Behavioural Studies, can be found at: Tri-Council Policy Statement on Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans.

Other helpful links:

Applied Research at St. Lawrence College

SLC Research Ethics Board