Five Safes Training

Setting out to define the audiences for the CADRE training and the content they need has been a good starting point for establishing outreach support for all social science researchers keen to learn about the Five Safes framework.  

High levels of enthusiasm in participating in training by higher degree research (HDR) students and early career researchers (ECR) can be observed in universities.  For students and academics pursuing building a research career, it gives them a strong foundation of skills and knowledge required to add to their research toolkit.  Understanding what ethics and research data management training is already offered as a first step.  Most Australian universities provide introductory training in ethics and research data management to these two groups of researchers but there is limited opportunity to do specialised introductory training to learn about the Five Safes.  

The target audience for Five Safes training is multi-layered because of the interdisciplinary nature of social science.  But there is a clear gap in introductory research training in the Five Safes and so this is where the CADRE team is starting with developing resources.  The CADRE team is looking to build on existing ethics training as a scaffold to build knowledge of the Five Safes conceptual model.  The Five Safes conceptual model is also more commonly known in quantitative social science research circles and less known in qualitative social science research circles.  The training introducing the Five Safes will assist researchers that go on to gain accreditation under the Data Availability and Transparency Act 2022.     

The aim in CADRE is to try to support a variety of learners and also at different stages of their research careers, and we are starting at the beginning.  When developing research training it is important to consider discipline norms, including appropriate examples, offer different modes (in-person, on-demand, or online) as well as determining the ideal length of time and types of learning resources. Working with the Studies of Childhood, Education & Youth (SOCEY) team that uses qualitative social science research methods and the academics from the ANU Centre for Social Research& Methods (CSR&M) that use quantitative social science research methods at ANU has provided insights.  

CADRE project partners have strong connections to the different spheres of social science research in Australia.  We are gaining the benefits of having appropriate academic networks to connect to trial the introduction to Five Safes training and promote the value of the CADRE platform.       

Keen to know more about the CADRE outreach and training – contact – yolante [dot] jones [at] anu [dot] edu [dot] au  

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