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What’s been going on at AHRECS0

 

We’re thrilled by how the AHRECS team has been growing and the expertise Sarah, Barry and Nik have brought to the team and the new services we can now provide. We hope in the coming weeks to announce some more additions to the team. The central ethos of resourcing reflective practice remains unchanged and we still strive to be a voice for constructive change.

You may have noticed a few refinements of the AHRECS web site have been happening quietly:

  • The Resource Library ahrecs.com/resources: the search functionality has improved (but still needs some work), and there’s now related materials with a link to other items in the Resource Library.
  • The blog pages ahrecs.com/blog: a form to subscribe to the Research Ethics Monthly; pdf copies of earlier editions, and within stories there will be links to related blog items and related Resource Library items.
  • The Our Services pages https://ahrecs.com/our-services  describes our various service.
  • The Research Ethics Adviser Platform https://ahrecs.com/about-this-service can now be used to obtain expert and independent advice on a research ethics review application prior to its submission to a research ethics committee. A quick advisory costs AUD50 and can be returned in less than 14 days.
  • The AHRECS home page has links to the COPE site (AHRECS is an associate member of COPE) and Retraction Watch (we’re proud to support their work).

The Research Ethics Monthly and Resource Library will remain free, but work is underway to:

  • Provide downloadable vignettes and discussion activities.
  • Short articles reflecting on recent news in the human research ethics/research integrity spheres.
  • An AHRECS app for smartphones.
  • A human research ethics game.
  • A research integrity game.
  • An online Q&A clinic.
  • Hosted webinars
  • And much more.

We hope that strikes you as useful, because we’re excited to be working on them.

The Research Ethics Adviser Platform is now live0

Posted by Admin in Human Research Ethics, Services on July 14, 2017
 

We are delighted to announce that the beta test version of the Research Ethics Adviser Platform (REAP) is now live (https://ahrecs.com/about-this-service). REAP is a peer-to-peer service that puts researchers in touch with experienced Advisers who can offer independent ethics advice on a project’s research design, plan or protocol.

This service is not meant to replace research ethics review. Instead, we hope the service can complement the review process by enabling researchers to be better prepared for review. This could mean less frustration for both reviewers and researchers.

For AUD50, researchers will be provided with a quick and basic report on what ethical shape their design is in. After that, they can decide if they want a full report (AUD500) which will provide a fuller discussion of any ethical vulnerabilities, potential implications for research ethics review/participant experience during the project, and recommendations for changes.

While REAP is being beta tested these two kinds of reports are the only service provided by REAP but we anticipate creating facilities for help with responding to research ethics review feedback, writing variation requests, responding to peer reviewers, and offering advice on research integrity matters.

This is the first such service that we are aware of and we’re excited to launch it today

Links
REAP
FAQ
Register as a researcher use
View the current roster of REAs
Feedback on the beta test version

For any other question or comments on REAP (including an interest in registering as an Adviser) please send an email to gary.allen@ahrecs.com.

Contributor
Dr Gary Allen is one of the Senior Consultants at AHRECS. You can view his biography here and contact him at gary.allen@ahrecs.com

This post may be cited as:
Allen G. (2017, 14 July) The Research Ethics Adviser Platform is now live Research Ethics Monthly. Retrieved from: https://ahrecs.com/human-research-ethics/research-ethics-adviser-platform-now-live

Professional Development across the Term of an HREC Committee Member0

 

AHRECS has considerable experience working with universities, hospitals, research institutions, government and non-government organisations to care for and build the capacity of its HREC Committee members across the entire term of their appointment. We start with the needs of our clients and offer support from recruitment all the way through to running an exit interview.

Many HRECs have quite simple manual-based inductions; we help HRECs to create something more welcoming and interactive that takes members from first contact to the point where they can contribute effectively to a committee. There is a significant difference between delivering a single ‘training session’ and creating a suite of professional development activities over two to three years, that covers committee members’ terms, and that might include dedicated annual PD and Strategy sessions and incorporate ongoing PD into each HREC meeting.

We can:

  • help recruit expert external members to meet the needs of specific HRECs
  • create interactive and multi-media induction and orientation materials
  • introduce members to the broader literature on research ethics
  • create material and run professional development sessions tailored to the specialist roles of particular HRECs
  • evaluate the performance of the HREC and provide feedback to the HREC and its host institution
  • offer exit interviews to HREC members stepping down from their role, and then….
  • help recruit replacement members to HRECs

We have provided elements of such services in Australia, Canada, Mauritius, New Zealand, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam for new and established, small and large institutions and consortia of research organisations.

Contributor
Prof. Mark Israel, AHRECS senior consultant
AHRECS profile page
mark.israel@ahrecs.com

This post may be cited as:
Israel M. (2017, 22 June) Professional Development across the Term of an HREC Committee Member. Research Ethics Monthly. Retrieved from: https://ahrecs.com/services/professional-development-across-term-hrec-committee-member

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