Research Requests

The Research Oversight Committee (ROC) process provides a standardized and comprehensive approach for selecting and overseeing all CDCR research projects.  The Division of Correctional Policy Research and Internal Oversight facilitates the ROC process. The Research Oversight Committee (ROC) process emphasizes a diverse and open approach in determining which research projects may be approved by CDCR. The ROC membership is comprised of CDCR Directors, General Counsel and Labor Relations Chief. The Director of the Division of Correctional Policy Research and Internal Oversight serves as the presiding officer of the ROC.

The ROC process consists of a proposal and application phase. If a proposal appears sound and the intent of the research shows merit, the applicant will be invited to complete and submit a research application. The following are the operative steps that are necessary to conduct research with CDCR:

  • Step One (Research Project Applicant) – Read the Guidelines for Submitting Research Applications
  • Step Two (Research Project Applicant) – Complete and submit the Research Proposal Form by May 10, 2019
  • Step Three (CDCR) – Notify research project applicants by June 28, 2019 of approval to move to Research Application phase or disapproval of Research Proposal
  • Step Four (Research Project Applicant) – Complete and submit the Research Application Form by August 9, 2019
  • Step Five (CDCR) – Notify research project applicants of determination to include Research Application on the November 12, 2019 ROC agenda by November 4, 2019
  • Step Six (CDCR) – Notify research project applicants of ROC decision (approval/denial) by December 23, 2019

Guidance to those seeking to conduct research with CDCR is provided in two primary documents: Guidelines for Submitting Research Applications and the Research Proposal Form. It is mandatory that the proposal and application forms be completed and submitted to Data.Requests@cdcr.ca.gov.

Questions should be directed to Data.Requests@cdcr.ca.gov.