Publishing Protocol

The Publishing Protocol is for all government agencies carrying out, commissioning or communicating social science research and evaluation. It sets out good practice principles for publishing government social science research and evaluation. It helps ensure that research is published consistently and is readily available so that everyone benefits from the Government's investment in it.

The good practice principles are:

  1. Availability - social science research and evaluation conducted or commissioned by government is made publicly available
  2. Timeliness - all government social science research and evaluation is released promptly
  3. Trustworthiness - the way government social science research and evaluation is released promotes public trust
  4. Transparency - clear communication arrangements are in place
  5. Clear responsibility - responsibility for the quality and release of social science research and evaluation is clear.

View the Publishing Protocol quick reference guide (PDF 128 KB)

View the full Publishing Protocol for further details

New Zealand government social science research is also published on The Hub.

The protocol is based on the Publication Guidance developed by the United Kingdom's Government Social Research unit.

Date published: 
4 Dec 2015
Last update: 23 Jan 2018