Code of Research Practice

As part of our commitment to place research and evidence at the heart of our decision and policy making, SQA’s Code of Research Practice sets out the core principles for our research, ensuring it is useful, reliable, ethical, equitable and sustainable.

These principles apply to all aspects of the research process, from design, through data collection, analysis and dissemination. By working with these principles in mind, we can ensure our research is accessible, authoritative, robust and relevant to as wide a range of people as possible, while also ensuring that researchers themselves are working in an environment where they feel safe, supported, and free from discrimination.

By working to these principles when conducting research, we will ensure that we are meeting our legislative obligations as a public body, while reflecting organisational commitments to wider society.

Code of Research Practice (1.14 MB)