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Amy N. B. Johnston

Any research conducted within a professional organization requires official approvals to enable researcher access. Governance or site approvals can be an overlooked but critical component of any study, especially for the doctoral researcher. They can involve many organizational components and have financial and/or time, health and safety, access and security implications for organizations, requiring multiple levels of review by lots of managers, which can take extended periods of time. A common example of such potentially challenging governance requirements is using routinely collected data, such as that in health services. These data offer several advantages to the doctoral researcher. However, like many doctoral processes, research using data already collected by organizations such as health services can present problems. This chapter explores the implications for access of research governance, a little known but significant part of research internationally, using health services as a case study to illustrate the salient points.