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The Department of Education and Youth wants to be a part of the research community.
The Office of the Department of Education and Youth regularly receives research requests concerning City run primary schools, preschools, after school centers, and/or community centers. The Department wants to be a participant in the research community and considers it important that the results of the research in which the Department is involved increase the knowledge of school and recreational activities and that they benefit the advancement of children, adolescents, parents, and Department staff.
It is an important part of research that children and adolescents have the opportunity to express their views, see article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states, among other things: “Parties shall assure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own views the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child, the views of the child being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child.”
It also needs to be considered that children and adolescents are a vulnerable group and it is important that research, targeted at them, be consistent with their age and maturity.
At the same time, it should be noted that participation in research is not a core activity in preschool, primary schools, and recreational settings, and it is therefore important that a framework be established for the conduct of research so that it does not unduly interfere with activities.
When submitting questionnaires, interviewing, and/or collecting other data from Department staff or parents of children and young people in Department run institutions, researchers only require consent from those who are asked to participate and not a formal permission from the Office of the Department of Education and Youth. However, researchers should present the study to the administrators of the institutions concerned and obtain their permission, in particular if staff are to participate in the study in question during their working hours or if staff at the institutions will be asked for help in distributing study data to parents.
When a study is aimed at children and young people who have not yet reached the age of 18, formal permission is, however, required from the Office of the Department of Education and Youth. This applies to questionnaires, interviews, focus groups, and/or field observations. The central authorization from the Office always states that the approval of the managers of the workplace concerned should also be obtained. It varies depending on the nature of the research whether written permission is also required from the parents, known as informed consent, or if it is sufficient to present study to the parents, i.e. intended consent. Information on the type of consent to be obtained is set out in the Office's authorization.
The Office has a team that deals with requests for research permits. The Team is headed by the Head of the Office of the Department Director, a project manager at the same Office, and one representative of the Department’s Legal Division. The Team meets semimonthly and research requests must have been received at least one week before the meeting. The Team generally meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month.
The research permit request must include the researcher(s) name(s) and workplace(s)/education, the objectives of the study, and a brief description of the research procedures. The description should include:
Inquiries and comments should be addressed to Asgeir Bjorgvinsson, email@example.com